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.
no upper age limit has been specified
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.
Out of pocket expenses paid?
Yes - 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.
The key skills useful are:-
Impartial and unprejudiced.
No specific experience is needed however an interest in human rights and the welfare of others would be beneficial.
Restrictions on who can volunteer
No restrictions were specified.
Application Form; Induction/Training; Interview; PVG membership required; Trial Period
No, not for this opportunity.
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.
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This opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.
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