Extra measures are being introduced to ensure organisations working with victims of crime across Derbyshire have robust policies and procedures in place to offer a safe and reliable service.
Care providers will be subjected to additional ‘scrutiny’ to assess their suitability to work with victims thanks to an independent assurance tool that Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has had developed.
Hardyal Dhindsa said his office wanted to be ‘as certain as possible’ that any organisation wanting to work with victims of crime was capable of delivering a high standard of care.
Organisations will be required to complete a self-assessment of their capabilities which will then be judged against a set of criteria used by the OPCC. If they are successful in meeting the criteria, the organisation will be published on the victims’ website www.core-derbyshire.com.
Mr. Dhindsa said: “Victims of crime are very often feeling extremely vulnerable and we have a responsibility to ensure that charities and other organisations that want to help them recover from their ordeal, have the right set up to do so.
“This tool allows us to do that and should provide further reassurance to both ourselves and victims that any organisation which we promote is up to a high standard.”
The new measure has won the support of the country’s Victims’ Commissioner, Baroness Newlove. Earlier this year she embarked on a series of visits to all PCCs to better understand victim services which have been commissioned across the country.
She said: “I am pleased see the self-assessment tool now being launched and I welcome any initiative to improve victims' access to the support and services they are entitled to receive under the Victims Code.”
Baroness Newlove added she was looking forward to hearing about the impact the self-assessment tool has had.
The self-assessment form can be found on the PCC website http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/webassurance
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Posted on Monday 14th August 2017