The second All Party Parliamentary Group Report (APPG) has been published. You can read it here. This one looks at people’s experience of the Police and Crown Prosecution Service. As before I submitted my research evidence to this. The recommendations are:
- Introduce a victims law with a code of practice, complaints procedure and properly resourced Victims Commissioner
- Amend the Policing and Crime Act 2017 to create a presumption that suspects under investigation for sexual offences against children and adults only be released from policy custody on bail.
- A national cross-government strategy on addressing childhood trauma and adverse experiences. This should include training and support for police officers in how to recognise and respond to abuse in a trauma-informed way and in particular how to communicate investigation outcomes sensitively.
- A national, standardised leaflet for officers to provide survivors with the information they need when they report the crime.
- Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)
should undertake a national thematic review of non-recent ‘child sexual abuse’ which focuses on the experiences of adult survivors.
Thank you to everyone who contributed. I’m currently writing my thesis so I’m a bit quiet online. However, once it is done I’ll be able to feed back what the results were.
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