Walking the job- Greater Manchester

I am extremely fortunate to have such a diverse and varied role. One moment I may be representing custody visitors’ work to national partners or ministers, the next I may be working on projects to support schemes to help protect detainee rights and wellbeing. Since starting as the CEO in September 2021, I have seen […]

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ICVA’s Chair receives MBE

Well firstly, Happy New Year to you all! I hope that you have managed to have a safe and peaceful festive period. As I said in my blog last month, for another year, you have all stepped up to the plate, and more- protecting people’s rights and dignities, in incredibly difficult circumstances. I thank you, as […]

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Blog – Ashley Bertie, ICVA’s new CEO reflects on his first weeks…

Hello one and all! It’s truly an honour and a privilege to be ICVA’s new CEO. I am just over three weeks into the role, and I want to use my first blog to share my reflections so far and outline some of my immediate priorities. Firstly, a bit about me. I’ve vast amounts to […]

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Hydra Training for Custody Staff – ICVA Observes…

Recently I was delighted to attend Surrey Police HQ to observe the new College of Policing Hydra training for officers going to work in custody suites. I had very limited understanding of what Hydra training was, and what it would look and feel like so was fascinated to go and see how this would work […]

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ICV GUEST Blog – Joanne Monck OBE

This LGBTQ+ History Month, ICVA is delighted to be hosting a guest blog from an independent custody visitor from the Sussex scheme. This is, in particular, to celebrate Joanne’s OBE award and her services to transgender equality for detainees, please read on to hear from Joanne herself. FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT AND BEYOND David was […]

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ICV schemes prevent torture and ill treatment of detainees and deliver effective oversight of police custody in order to ensure a safe environment and deliver public reassurance.

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ICVA’s suite of training materials equips ICVs with in-depth knowledge of latest best practices required to fulfil their role - from interpersonal communication skills to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE).

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ICVA represents ICVs in the NPM, alongside Independent Custody Visitors Scotland and the Northern Ireland Policing Board Independent Custody Visiting Scheme.

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