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Custody Volunteers

Find out more about our custody volunteer scheme below.  If you would like more information or would like to register your interest to join our Scheme, please submit the request via the online contact form here.


What is the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme?


The Independent Custody Visiting was established in 1984 on a non-statutory basis to provide assurance to local communities about how those in the custody of the police are being treated. In 2003 custody visiting became statutory and the Home office issued  a Code of Practice to which PCCs and Independent Custody Visitors should have regard in carrying out their relevant functions.  To accompany the Code of Practice, the Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) produced the National Standards which form the final part of the framework of rules and guidance to support effective custody visiting.

The Commissioner's office has a statutory responsibility to have an effective Independent Custody Visiting Scheme in place.


What is Custody Record Reviewing

The Commissioner has in place an effective Custody Visiting Scheme, however, visiting is limited to who Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) meet on their visit to Custody. ICVs make visits to each Custody Suite once per week and it is uncertain how many vulnerable detained persons (DPs) will be in Custody at the time of the visit and who will be available to visit. In addition, it depends how long a DP has been held to get an understanding of the care afforded to them. For example, if a child has only been held in Custody for one hour, the ICVs may not know if there is delay in receiving Appropriate Adult (AA) provision or if they were subsequently held overnight.

In order to get a better insight into the totality of care extended to vulnerable DPs, the purpose of the pilot (now termed Custody Record Reviewing CRR) was to examine the full Custody Record of a DP to consider, in depth, their full journey through Custody.

If you would like to find out more about the findings of our Custody Record Review pilot, please take a look at the report as it was discussed at the Strategic Priorities Assurance Board meeting in November 2018.

Since the pilot in Derbyshire concluded, a further six areas will be taking part in a similar trial. Further details regarding this can be found here.

Please read the Scheme Manager's Blog about why we Custody Record Review in addition to our regular Custody Visiting. 



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