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Improving Responses to Rape and Sexual Assault: Shaping a Victim-Centred System

 

Tuesday 25 September 2012

Cental London


 

Overview

Despite the progress made in recent years to tackle sexual violence, it is estimated that 9 out of 10 cases of rape are not reported and 38 percent of serious sexual assault victims tell no-one about their experience, whilst victims who do come forward face a post-code lottery of service support. Building on the recommendations of the Stern Review, the Government has pledged to improve the way rape complaints are handled at every stage of the process, ensuring victims receive the support they need to recover and strengthening the prevention of sexual violence.

 

Placing prevention at the heart of its action plan, the Government stresses the need to challenge existing attitudes and behaviours that give rise to sexual violence and perpetuate the myths surrounding rape. Establishing a wider understanding of the nature and extent of rape and sexual assault amongst both the public and practitioners, underpinned by accurate data, is vital to helping all partners prevent violence from occurring and hold perpetrators fully accountable for their crimes. The police must also take a leading role in preventing sexual violence within their communities, identifying and supporting vulnerable people particularly at risk of repeat sexual violence and strengthening the management and rehabilitation of sex offenders.

 

Prioritising the rights and welfare of victims, the Government is clear that every victim must have access to the support they need in the aftermath of abuse, regardless of whether or not they choose to press charges. Seeking to build capacity across the sector, the Government has pledged £10.5m over the next three years to fund rape crisis centres, whilst empowering local partners to develop support services appropriate to their community’s needs.

 

Where a complaint of rape or sexual assault is made, the criminal justice response must also be improved, with every report of rape or sexual assault treated seriously and investigated thoroughly and consistently. Victims must be better supported, guided and communicated with throughout the judicial process to improve their experience of the CJS and increase conviction rates. Specialist training of police, GPs, forensic practitioners, clinical professionals and prosecutors, alongside better information sharing and case management, are also crucial to increasing conviction rates and building confidence in the CJS.

 

This timely symposium provides a valuable opportunity for local authorities and practitioners from across the police, social/health services and criminal justice system to examine how to improve responses to rape and assault, strengthen support services and ensure victims are placed at the heart of the system.

 

Delegates will:

  • Explore how to identify and safeguard women and girls particularly at risk of sexual violence
  • Consider how to challenge public attitudes towards rape and sexual assault
  • Assess how to strengthen the management of sex offenders within the community
  • Discuss how to work in partnership to improve the handling of rape cases from beginning to end
  • Examine how to transform victims’ experiences of the justice system and their access to support services

 

 

Who Should Attend?

  • Rape and Sexual Assault Support Centres and Specialists
  • SARCs
  • Sexual Offence Liaison Officers
  • Sexual Violence and Abuse Investigation Teams
  • Safeguarding Adults Teams
  • ISVAs
  • Local Sapphire Teams
  • Victim and Witness Support Services
  • Chief Constables
  • Police Service
  • Forensic Service Providers and Practitioners
  • Probation Officers
  • Prosecutors of Sexual Offences
  • Social Workers and Social Services Officers
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Solicitors and Legal Advisors
  • Drug and Alcohol Action Teams
  • Judges and Magistrates
  • Legal Professionals
  • Children and Young People Services
  • Children’s Trusts and Children’s Centres
  • Community Safety Teams
  • Community Support Officers
  • Counselling Services and Psychologists
  • Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships
  • Criminal Justice Practitioners
  • HM Courts Service
  • Domestic Violence Co-ordinators
  • Equality and Diversity Practitioners
  • Families Services Officers
  • Anti-Social Behaviour Coordinators
  • Family Justice Centres
  • Family Protection Units
  • Health Service Professionals
  • Housing Officers
  • Local Criminal Justice Boards
  • Local Education Welfare Authorities
  • Local Safeguarding Children Boards
  • MAPPA Coordinators
  • MARACs
  • National Offender Management Teams
  • Neighbourhood Policing Teams
  • Operational Support Police
  • Outreach and Support Teams
  • Youth Offending Teams
  • Local Authority Officers and Councillors
  • Central Government Departments and Agencies
  • Faith Organisations
  • Local Voluntary and Community Organisations
  • Third Sector Practitioners
  • Academics and Researchers

 

 

If you would like more information about this event or to register your place, please visit the Public Policy Exchange website.