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Volunteer Custody Visitor (Fife)

  • VO65833


Description

Independent Custody Visitors are members of the local community who volunteer their time to visit police stations to check on the welfare of detainees held in custody. The visitors will speak to the people in custody and check that they are being treated fairly and within the law, e.g. they have been offered food and drink, are warm, have been offered access to a lawyer, etc. Visitors are paired up and go together to carry out visits. The visits are arranged between the two volunteers and we ask that they are conducted on different days and at different times throughout the week.
ICVS is a statutory function of the Scottish Police Authority.

Organisation aims and objectives

Independent Custody Visiting Scotland (ICVS) is a statutory function of the Scottish Police authority (SPA). Independent Custody Visitors are members of the local community who visit police stations unannounced to check on the treatment of detainees, the conditions in which they are being held and that their rights and entitlements are being observed.

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An average of 2 hours per month would be the minimum requirement with visitors expected to carry out a minimum of one visit per month, however they can complete more than this if they wish.

Restrictions

Experience required: The key skills useful are:- Listening skills Non-judgemental. Impartial and unprejudiced. No specific experience is needed however an interest in human rights and the welfare of others would be beneficial.
Travel details: Within Fife, Custody Visitors will visit custody suites in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Levenmouth. Visits generally take place on a weekly basis at a time agreed by both visitors. Visits can take place at any time of the day and night. Visitors are also expected to attend quarterly meetings held at Fife House in Glenrothes.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Expenses should be submitted on a quarterly basis and are paid by BACS transfer. Mileage rates apply for travel to and from visits and public transport will be reimbursed as per guidelines.
Training details: Prospective visitors will attend an Induction Day, that provides an overview of the scheme, and following a successful interview will be asked to complete a Training Day. The Training Day provides visitors with a more in-depth understanding of the process of visiting and what to expect on visits. Further training is provided to meet specific needs or statutory requirements. Visitors are also expected to attend quarterly meetings to ensure they are kept up to date with developments in the scheme. Ongoing support is provided by a dedicated team of staff.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
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Last updated 3 months ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.