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News May 2019

Appropriate Adults – making a difference in Northumbria 31st May 2019

The National Appropriate Adult Network (Naan) has released a report warning that over 100,000 vulnerable people were detained and interviewed by police without an appropriate adult If a vulnerable person is held in custody, they should have their rights...

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Northumbria LCJB’s response to the Home Office consultation ‘Serious Violence: New Legal Duty to Support Multi-agency Action’ 24th May 2019

The Home Office sought views on options to support a multi-agency approach to preventing and tackling serious violence. The approach includes options for the introduction of a new legal duty and a non-legislative option for partners to work together...

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Northumbria wins prestigious gold national award for custody visiting 20th May 2019

Northumbria wins prestigious gold national award for custody visiting. Northumbria Independent Custody Visitors Scheme has won a prestigious national award for the quality of its independent custody visiting scheme. The inaugural Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA*) Quality Assurance awards...

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Dame Vera Baird QC joins over 120 MPs calling for an inquiry into abusive access to children 15th May 2019

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird has given her support to a letter urging the government to hold an inquiry into how family courts in England and Wales treat victims of abuse. Startling figures show that at...

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Dame Vera Baird appointed as new Victims’ Commissioner 13th May 2019

Dame Vera Baird has been appointed the new Victims’ Commissioner and will take over the role from Baroness Newlove in mid-June 2019. Dame Vera’s responsibilities will include promoting the interests of victims and witnesses, ensuring that their voices are...

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Northumbria PCC welcomes extra resources to tackle serious and violent crime 8th May 2019

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, said: “This is welcome news for Northumbria as it will allow us to continue our effective partnership work in deterring young people away from serious and violent crime and enable...

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