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Rape and sexual offences (consultation) from @CollegeofPolice

The College of Policing is holding a consultation into rape and sexual offences. We encourage everyone to take a few minutes to respond to the consultation. We have numerous submissions to our site about police failures, victim blaming and no-criming rape. It is absolutely essential that the College of Policing understand that "best practise" isn't what many victims of rape and sexual offences experience. We will be filling out a response at a team, as well as by individual volunteers. The link to the template document has broken once again. We have pasted a downloaded version below although the formatting is not perfect. You can email it directly to: MIPP@college.pnn.police.uk, and we do suggest submitting it via email and the website since the College of Policing is having such trouble with the site.. The template is fairly long, however you can just submit personal responses involving victim blaming. Even a few lines is important in this consultation.

The College of Policing is currently reviewing existing police guidance for all aspects of major investigation and public protection. This review is being undertaken on behalf of the National Policing Lead for Violence and Public Protection, in partnership with the Crown Prosecution Service and others. It will provide a valuable opportunity to identify learning and to share good practice based on the best available evidence.

Working closely with the National Policing Lead for Adult Sexual Offences, the College has developed the consultation for rape and sexual offences with a focus on the elements central to this area of investigation. These include:

    • introduction to rape and sexual offences
    • reporting and initial response
    • victim care and key partners
    • conducting rape investigations
    • supervising and managing rape investigations.

This content supports and is supported by other areas of policing guidance (see Authorised Professional Practice). In addition, official sensitive elements of APP have been consolidated into a supporting document on POLKA, which is a RESTRICTED online tool with access limited to registered PNN and GSI users. In order to access the material, users must be logged in to POLKA.

This consultation is open from 30 June until 22 September 2014. Please read the APP and submit your comments using the feedback template.  Please send your response by email or post feedback to:

Public protection consultation Practice Improvement Unit College of Policing Wyboston Lakes Great North Road Wyboston Bedford MK44 3BY

Feedback form for consultation

Authorised Professional Practice (APP) – Rape and sexual offences: (30 June – 22 September 2014)   Please complete electronically using MS Word and return by 22 September 2014.   Add any comment or suggested change in the appropriate box – the box will increase in size to hold several lines of text if necessary. Please note this is a draft document. Formatting anomalies may exist but these will be addressed prior to final publication. In view of this, practitioners should restrict comments or suggested changes to areas that will have impact on policy, procedural or other specific content.   While reviewing this draft, practitioners should consider:

  • Is the length and content appropriate?
  • Is any information missing or should anything be removed?
  • Is there any unnecessary repetition?

Please provide your answer in the relevant comment box, noting section/subsection. You may provide as much or as little feedback as you wish. Although specific consultation questions have been included, you may also provide any feedback on any aspect of the draft. When finished please, email the completed document to: MIPP@college.pnn.police.uk   If you have any questions about this form, please e-mail APP.contact@college.pnn.police.uk  

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General comments about rape and sexual offences
Introduction to rape and sexual offences
Consultation question 1: Does the group feel the use of the term ‘serious’ is appropriate when describing sexual offences? Consultation question 2: How does the list of aggravating factors support the investigation? Consultation question 3: Consider the definition for stranger rape. How does categorisation impact on health services, partner agencies and voluntary sector groups?  
General comments or changes for Introduction to rape and sexual offences: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section Number: Section Number:
Reporting and initial response
Consultation question 4: Is a paragraph needed to discuss different approaches, ie, dedicated rape unit versus the use of SOIT?  
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Victim care and key partners
Consultation question 5: Is there a nationally accepted period of time for which self-referral samples are held? Consultation question 6: Please provide your thoughts in relation to the proposed changes to the Haven policy.
General comments or changes for Victim care and key partners: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number:

 

Conduction rape investigations
Consultation question 7: Please provide your understanding of what constitutes early investigative advice. Consultation question 8: Does this conflict in terms of review and robustness of recording, plus the idea that further evidence may come to light? Consultation question 9: Is consent written or verbal, or either?  
General comments or changes for Conducting rape investigations: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section Number:
Supervising and managing rape investigations
General comments or changes for Supervising and managing rape investigations: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number: Section number:
Diversity impact assessment – Is there any content in the consultation material which you consider would have a negative impact on any diverse group?
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