Victims Should Come First 8 July 2014

8 July 2014 9.30am-3.00pm at Maple House, 150 Corporation Street, Birmingham B4 6TP

From the 1st October 2014, Police and Crime Commissioners will be responsible for commissioning the majority of victims' services locally through a budget from the Ministry of Justice - those services that help victims of crime to cope and recover from the impacts of crime.

At the first Summit in January 2013, the Commissioner asked how joined-up services for victims were, and how organisations working with victims could work together to support the Commissioner in the development of victims services.  Since that time, the Commissioner has been working with voluntary and community organisations to prepare for the change from national to local commissioning.  You told us that you would like a West Midlands Victims Commission made up of representatives from the voluntary and community sector to be the body that makes decisions on priorities, service delivery and allocations of funding. We have been working to make that happen.  During May 2014, we held a series of consultation workshops, in partnership with the Voluntary Sector Councils in each of the 7 local authority areas and we will be reporting back on the outcome of that consultation. 

The Commissioner is now consulting on the future commissioning models for services for victims for crime.  Click here to get involved.

This event included:

  • a key note address from Keir Starmer QC,  who has led an enquiry into changing the law to give further protection to victims in cases of rape and child abuse
  • launch of the West Midlands Victims Commission
  • listening to real life experiences from victims of crime
  • hearing Assistant Chief Constable Carl Foulkes from West Midlands Police updating us on the Force response to dealing with victims of crime.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito, will Chair the event.

Booking for this event is closed.

From national to local: Consultation on commissioning of services for victims of crime

Commissioning of services for victims of crime transfers to Police and Crime Commissioners in October 2014, with new provision in place by April 2015.  Following earlier consultation and engagement, the Police and Crime Commissioner is proposing the creation of a Victims Commission.  This consultation considers four options for how the Victims Commission will work. 

This consultation is now closed.

For information about the consultation, click here.