A round up of our latest and past news, including ICVA updates, and commentary on issues such as legislation

  1. ICVA letter to Home Affairs Select Committee regarding Spit Guards

    March 2017

    Cover of ICVA letter to Home Affairs Select Committee regarding Spit Guards

    ICVA's Chair, Martyn Underhill, has written to the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee to raise concerns on the use of spit guards in custody.  ICVA's Management Board have concerns at the lack of policy, governance and public consultation in relation to the use of spit guards.  The letter is available to read here.

  2. Custody Visiting and PCCs - a Briefing for Candidates

    January 2016

    Photo for article: Custody Visiting and PCCs - a Briefing for Candidates

    Police and Crime Commissioners bring local accountability and governance for policing in England and Wales.  Amongst their responsibilities, PCCs have a statutory duty to provide an independent custody visiting scheme.  ICVA has developed a briefing for candidates to explain the role of local volunteers, independent custody visitors, and schemes as well as the specific responsibilities for PCCs, as agreed by Parliament.

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  3. New Chief Executive at ICVA

    October 2015

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    We are pleased to announce that Katie Kempen has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of ICVA. The Management Board extends a warm welcome to Katie, who we very much look forward to working with more closely. 

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  4. Ian Smith departs ICVA

    June 2015

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    Our long serving CEO, Ian Smith OBE departs ICVA after 25+ years with the Association. We thank Ian for his unrelenting commitment to the organisation and to independent custody visiting as a whole - he will be very much missed.

  5. JIVE Project update

    April 2015

    Photo for article: JIVE Project update

    JIVE project’s latest newsletter is available to download here.  Highlights include a project encouraging reading in Portuguese prisons; experiences of a volunteer mentor supporting an ex-offender in Hungary, volunteering within Sardinian prisons in Italy and an interview with a Probation Officer in Romania. 

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