News

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

  1. JIVE Project update

    April 2015

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    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. 

  2. Vulnerable children and adults need care, not custody

    March 2015

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    HMIC has published a report on the welfare of vulnerable people in police custody, following a thematic inspection commissioned by the Home Secretary. HMIC was asked to look specifically at the treatment of children, people who were mentally unwell and people from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds (who can be vulnerable because of their minority status). A copy of the full report The Welfare of Vulnerable People in Police Custody can be found at www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic

  3. Leicestershire police custody – impressive work with partners to provide mental health service

    February 2015

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    An HMIP/HMIC inspection report on police custody in Leicestershire was generally positive and revealed that police were working hard with others to provide an excellent mental health service. The inspection was part of a national programme of unannounced joint inspections of police custody and the second inspection of Leicestershire police custody suites.

    Find the report here: Leicestershire – Joint inspection of police custody suites

  4. JIVE Volunteering Update

    January 2015

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    Justice Involving Volunteers in Europe (JIVE) project has issued its latest newsletter focusing on a volunteer programme that supports the families of offenders in The Netherlands; working with victims of crime in Romania; an arts mentoring programme which aims to help with the resettlement of ex-offenders in the UK; and more.  You can view it here

  5. Durham police custody – generally positive but concerns over mental health

    January 2015

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    HMIC and HMIP have published their second inspection of Durham police custody suites,  part of the national programme of joint inspections of police custody. Police custody in Durham was generally positive, but too many people with mental health issues were brought into custody instead of taken to health facilities, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, and Dru Sharpling, HM Inspector of Constabulary. You can read the report in full here

  6. ICVA CEO Moving On

    December 2014

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    It is with regret that we inform you that our CEO, Ian Smith OBE will retire from ICVA in 2015. Ian has been with ICVA since its conception, over 25 years and his expertise and direction will be sorely missed. A final date for Ian’s leaving has yet to be decided and will be agreed with the Management Board at its meeting next year.

  7. Visiting Times Winter 2014

    December 2014

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    The latest edition of Visiting Times magazine has now been published, featuring highlights from our recent annual conference, talk about revised National Standards and the Bradley Report 5 years on. Please click here to download it and do share your feedback or content ideas at info@icva.org.uk

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