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Support for Victims and Witnesses - workshop

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Scottish Government building

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Victoria Quay

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We would like to invite you to a workshop we’re arranging in Victoria Quay in Edinburgh on 22nd September, commencing with lunch at 12:30pm.

The workshop itself will commence at 1pm and its purpose is to review victims’ journeys through the criminal justice system in Scotland, with a view to improving the information and support provided. This is in line with the Scottish Government’s commitment to ensure victims’ interests remain at the heart of the criminal justice system and that they feel supported and informed at every stage of the process. It's also driven by the recommendations in the recent review of Victim Care in the Justice Sector in Scotland which included the provision of a coordinated support service for victims through a ‘single point of contact’ model; recommendations which are echoed by the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee’s recent report into the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. Copies of these reports can be found here:

http://www.copfs.gov.uk/images/Documents/Victims_and_Witnesses/Review%20of%20Victim%20Care%20in%20the%20Justice%20Sector%20in%20Scotland.pdf

http://www.parliament.scot/S5_JusticeCommittee/Reports/JS052017R09Rev.pdf

The workshop will bring together representatives from across the criminal justice agencies and third sector to:

  • look at the current provision of information and support to victims of crime in Scotland;
  • highlight strengths and weaknesses of the current provision and identify where improvements could be made;
  • discuss the potential for a new ‘single point of contact’ or ‘one front door’ model of support; and
  • assess the practicalities of introducing such a model.

Further details on the structure of the day will be provided shortly, but in the meantime I’d be grateful if you would let me know by 11th August if you are able to join us. If you can’t make it, please feel free to pass this invitation onto a relevant colleague.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Victims & Witnesses Team

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