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

  1. Annual Conference 2007

    November 2007

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    ICVA’s 2007 annual conference took place at Alton Towers Conference Centre on Saturday 17 November, kindly hosted by Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioners and chaired by Mrs Christina Jebb.

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  2. Lincolnshire ICVs Talk Back

    August 2006

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    Click here to access the views of Lincolnshire ICVs on the pros and cons of independent custody visiting in their area.


    July 2006


    by Dinah Gallop

    An interesting experiment in Southwark has proved it is possible to provide cost effective and acceptable conditions for detainees held in police custody awaiting deportation or transfer to a detention centre. A joint report on the experiment from Southwark ICV Chair Avril Jones and Southwark custody managers recently went to the MPA.

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  4. The Justice Awards 2006

    June 2006

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    Scheme administrators and independent custody visitors are invited to submit nominations for the Justice Awards 2006, designed to recognise the outstanding contributions among all those working or volunteering in the criminal justice system.

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  5. Code of Practice for the Detention of Terrorist Suspects

    May 2006

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    You may be aware that during the passage of the recent Terrorism Act 2006, the Home Secretary made a commitment to produce a Code of Practice to govern the detention of individuals arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000. This was connected with the provision to extend the maximum length of pre-charge detention in such circumstances, from 14, to 28 days.

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  6. Speaking your language

    April 2006

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    The Notice of Rights and Entitlements is now available in 44 different languages. Produced by the Home Office, the Law Society and Criminal Defence Service, this invaluable information is available in both print and audio format. More information can be found here.

  7. An A-Z of ICVA

    March 2006

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    Our chief executive, Ian Smith OBE delivered the following speech at a recent Capita conference, providing an overview of ICVA, its origins and vision. While some of it will be familiar, it seems there is always something new to learn about our organisation… Click here to download full text

  8. A message from Malcolm

    February 2006

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    We’d like to share this greeting from Malcolm Ford, recently retired scheme administrator for Kent, as it extends to all of you…

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  9. Annual Conference and New Exec

    December 2005

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    Our annual conference in Belfast was a fantastic success this year and for those who weren’t able to join us, we will bring you full details in the next edition of Visiting Times.

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