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The Victims Code of Practice (VCOP)

Restorative Cleveland

Baroness Helen Newlove

Baroness Newlove was the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, from 2012 to 2019. As part of our official Service Launch in November 2018, Baroness Newlove kindly sent us this fantastic video message, highlighting the essential role of the Victims Code of Practice (VCOP).

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Baroness Helen Newlove

Baroness Newlove was the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, from 2012 to 2019. As part of our official Service Launch in November 2018, Baroness Newlove kindly sent us this fantastic video message, highlighting the essential role of the Victims Code of Practice (VCOP). We couldn’t agree with her more: all victims should be given the opportunity to receive information about Restorative Justice, as this can be hugely beneficial to their recovery.

Read more about Baroness Newlove here >

Baroness Vera Baird

Baroness Baird took over the role from Baroness Newlove in 2019.

Learn about Baroness Baird >

The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (VCoP), published in 2015, outlines the entitlement for all victims to receive information from the Police on RJ.  The Ministry of Justice RJ Action Plan advocates that all victims should have equal access to RJ, at all stages of the Criminal Justice System; irrespective of their location, the age of the offender or offence committed against them.

Despite the entitlement of all victims to receive information about restorative justice under the Code, this is a good example of how people have not been receiving their entitlements. In fact, many people do not know their rights or entitlements, under VCoP.  If they are aware, they are often unable to access them.

All PCC’s are required to make sure that victim services that provide RJ are available in their area.  Within Cleveland, this is through Restorative Cleveland.

The provision of such services is essential in enabling more victims to make an informed choice, at a time that is right for them and to be assured that the process will be led by skilled practitioners who can make the appropriate risk assessments to safeguard all participants in the process and so prevent re-victimisation.