Custody Visiting and PCCs – a Briefing for Candidates 2021

ICVA NewsUncategorised

December 9, 2020

  • custody visits
  • detainee welfare
  • human rights
  • PCC
  • Police and Crime Commissioner

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.

We hope that candidates will find this briefing informative.  Please follow us on Twitter @CustodyVisiting for regular updates and information. Click here to download the briefing in English, and here for the briefing translated into Welsh.

You can also watch a short video from Martyn Underhill, ICVA Chair and PCC for Dorset on why he finds independent custody visiting an invaluable resource here, and a short video from Natasha Plummer, Head of Engagement at MOPAC and ICVA’s Vice Chair here.

If you would like to read how ICVA adds value to the PCC role, please read our report here.

ICVA is holding a briefing for PCC candidates on 20thApril at 4pm on Microsoft Teams. We will be sharing information and evidence about the invaluable role that independent custody visiting plays for Police and Crime Commissioners. Please register to attend by emailing, we look forward to welcoming you there.