South Yorkshire PCC Commends Victim Support Graduates of Pioneering Course

The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings attended a graduation ceremony this week to hand out awards celebrating the completion of the newly recognised Independent Victim Advocate (IVA) accredited course.

The Open College Network (OCN) accredited course has been pioneered in Humber and South Yorkshire, with local staff becoming the first to graduate.

Victim Support provides an advocacy and support service for anyone affected by crime as part of their rights under the Victims Code of Practice.

Under the code, a victim has the right to ‘be referred to services that support victims and have services and support tailored to their needs’.

The Humberside and South Yorkshire victim service is provided by Victim Support and commissioned jointly by the Humberside and South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs).

Johanna Parks, Service Director for the North and Midlands, said that it was a privilege for this region to be the first within Victim Support to graduate and added: “the course has given staff the opportunity to showcase their experience and knowledge in the Criminal Justice field to a professionally recognised standard.”

Dr Billings joined Humberside PCC, Jonathan Evison, at the event on Tuesday, recognising those who had completed the course.

Speaking ahead of the event, Dr Billings said: “This new accreditation will help victims of crime by arming Victim Support with additional resources when supporting those who need it most. The services offered by Victim Support are invaluable and I’m pleased that staff across Humber and South Yorkshire have been the first to graduate from the Independent Victim Advocate accredited course.”

Humberside PCC, Mr Evison added:Victim Support provides a vital service to everyone who is impacted by crime, their staff work hard to help victims through the recovery process and ensure their rights under the Victims Code of Practice are understood and carried out.  I’m pleased that this new accreditation will help staff attain even higher standards so that people who are affected by crime can receive the very best service.”

For more information about Victim Support, visit their website at humbersouthyorks.victimsupport.org.uk