PCC briefing 5 2013: victims code of practice


This briefing looks at what is required of police and crime commissioners (PCCs) under the new Victims’ Code of Practice, which came into effect on 1 December 2013, especially in anticipation of the commissioning of local victims’ services being transferred to PCCs.

The Government consulted on a new, simpler and more accessible Victims Code of Practice earlier in the year and asked specific questions with regard to whether, and how, PCCs should be involved in the Code’s requirements. Now the new code has come into effect it applies to local and national bodies (including PCCs). PCCs have a legal duty to consult victims when setting their priorities and PCCs will also shortly be able to commission services for victims at the local level.

A one page summary of the key points is given below: