Victims and Witnesses
03 Nov 2009
6th Annual Conference held at the Hilton London Metropole

This event looked at the findings from the joint thematic review of victims and witnesses experiences and provided an opportunity for delegates to hear the latest policy developments and debate and discuss service provision and measures needed to further improve the outcome for victims and witnesses of crime.

Programme
09:50
Paul Whittaker, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS Merseyside
Introduction and welcome by Chair

10:00
Gillian Guy, Chief Executive, Victim Support
Overcoming barriers to meet the needs of victims and witnesses

10:20
Sara Payne, Victims’ Champion
A vision for victims and witnesses: looking forward

10:40
Claire Ward MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice
Keynote address: Victims and Witnesses Bill

11:00
Sharon White, Chief Executive and Director General, Office for Criminal Justice Reform
Increasing public confidence in the criminal justice system

11:10
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:30
Refreshments and exhibition
12:00
Stephen Wooler, HM Chief Inspector, HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate
Findings from the Joint Thematic Review of Victims and Witnesses Experiences in the Criminal Justice System

12:20
Panel discussion
Karen Cracknell, Assistant Chief Inspector, HM Inspectorate of Courts Administration Owen Sharp, Executive Director, Operations and Deputy Chief Executive, Victim Support DC Maria Gray, Safeguarding Adults at Risk, Violent Crime Directorate, Metropolitan Police Service Stephen Wooler, HM Chief Inspector, HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

13:00
Buffet lunch
14:00
David Burrows MP, Shadow Minister for Victims and Witnesses
Afternoon keynote address

14:15
Kathryn Stone OBE, Chief Executive, VOICE UK
Vulnerable, special or just a victim of crime?

14:30
Joyce Plotnikoff, Director, Lexicon Limited
Measuring Up? Implementing government commitments to young witnesses

14:45
Julie Clouder, Policy Lead on Vulnerable and Intimidated Witnesses, Office for Criminal Justice Reform
Providing intermediary services

15:00
Questions and discussion session 3
15:10
Best practice seminars: Session 4