New-look service aims to give more support to Leicestershire crime victims and witnesses

Peter Jones (left), of Catch 22, with Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader EMN-150320-184524001

Peter Jones (left), of Catch 22, with Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader EMN-150320-184524001

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Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader has announced a landmark decision to transform the way victims of crime are supported across the county.

Sir Clive has awarded criminal justice experts Catch22 with the contract for enhancing services for victims and witnesses across Leicestershire.

The experienced youth and adult justice services charity will become the lead supplier of the commissioner’s innovative Victim First programme - a brand new service model providing victims and witnesses of crime with greater support and ensuring vulnerable people receive the help they need.

The new-look service will see Catch22 working in partnership with Restorative Solutions CIC to integrate restorative justice approaches as part of an overall response to the victim at the most appropriate stage of their recovery.

Sir Clive said: “The changes we’re implementing now will transform the way we respond to vulnerable people whose lives have been damaged by crime. It represents an exciting opportunity to break from the traditions of the past to pursue a new way of working which will reduce disadvantage and suffering and help people to rebuild their lives in the most effective way.

“I’m very excited about working with Catch22 and Restorative Solutions CIC to deliver a more co-ordinated support system where victims can access the emotional and practical help they need - when they need it. “There’s significant work to be undertaken before we’re ready to launch but I’m confident the positive changes we envisage will be delivered rapidly.”

It’s anticipated the new service will be fully mobilised by August, with a full launch due to take place in October.