Results 81–100 of 630 for speaker:Sarah Dines

Rape and Sexual Violence: Criminal Justice Response (10 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Government do not agree at this stage that that is the right way forward. The crux of the matter lies with specialism of the investigation—with sensitive policing, listening to victims and letting them know, for example, that they can have their digital equipment and their telephones back in 24 hours, rather than having them taken by the police and on some occasions left for weeks or...

Rape and Sexual Violence: Criminal Justice Response (10 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: As far as I am aware, through the Ministry of Justice’s new Victims and Prisoners Bill, all victims will receive further assistance. These are heinous crimes, and whether the crime happened a day, a year, a decade or 50 years ago, all victims deserve support. I congratulate my hon. Friend on the amount of work that she does in this area and I will be happy to write to her, or to get the...

Rape and Sexual Violence: Criminal Justice Response (10 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: Giving confidence to anybody who appears in court is important, particularly with this sort of heinous crime. As I mentioned earlier, we have completed a national roll-out of that pre-recorded evidence, which spares the victims of those ordeals and really makes a massive difference. It is one of the things that is brought up time and again when I speak to victims: they want to give their...

Rape and Sexual Violence: Criminal Justice Response (10 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: This holistic new approach is supposed to affect and influence the whole way we deal with fighting rape—investigating, gathering evidence and getting cases before the court. I want to see that specialism and those measures rolled out everywhere. I would be very happy to get the relevant Minister to write to the hon. Gentleman to explain what more we can do to assist the special situation...

Rape and Sexual Violence: Criminal Justice Response (10 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement on measures to improve the criminal justice response to rape and sexual violence. This Government are unswervingly committed to protecting the public and fighting crime. As I am sure Members across the House will agree, few parts of that mission are as important as the ongoing effort to tackle rape and sexual violence. As I heard...

Ethnic Minority and Migrant Victims of Violence Against Women and Girls — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] ( 5 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Nokes. I am grateful to the hon. Member for Edmonton (Kate Osamor) for securing such an important debate. I also thank everybody in the Public Gallery for taking the trouble to come along to listen to us. A lot of people work very hard in this area. I accept the letter with pleasure; I know a lot of work has gone into it. The...

Ethnic Minority and Migrant Victims of Violence Against Women and Girls — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] ( 5 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: I am grateful, Ms Nokes. On the cost of living, the Government remain committed to supporting victims. We have launched a £300,000 flexible fund, which we are working closely with Women’s Aid to deliver. I was privileged to visit a refuge recently, and to speak to the women who will benefit and who have benefited from that money, which has been accepted. The fund was launched on 10 May,...

Ethnic Minority and Migrant Victims of Violence Against Women and Girls — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] ( 5 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: I am always pleased when money runs out because that means it has been fully utilised. I was about to finish the sentence by saying that further support is under review. The demand for that service has been considered. Let me mention one or two other points that hon. Members raised with great earnestness. On the drugs strategy and county lines, on 6 December 2021, the Government published a...

Ethnic Minority and Migrant Victims of Violence Against Women and Girls — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] ( 5 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Government have committed large amounts of funding to support partners, and are always looking at and reviewing what they are going to do.

Ethnic Minority and Migrant Victims of Violence Against Women and Girls — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] ( 5 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: If I could just progress a little, I will mention the code of practice, which is pertinent to this area. Both the code of practice and the migrant victims protocol are currently under development. We are engaging with the Domestic Abuse Commissioner and the Information Commissioner Office on the code, and considering how to engage further in this area.

Ethnic Minority and Migrant Victims of Violence Against Women and Girls — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] ( 5 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: I will be happy to do so once I have made a little more progress. Right at the beginning of the debate, the hon. Member for Edmonton said that she had grave concerns about how people are dealt with by the police. I agree, on behalf of Government, that it is crucial for police officers to have the right tools and training to engage sensitively and appropriately will all victims of domestic...

Ethnic Minority and Migrant Victims of Violence Against Women and Girls — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] ( 5 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: When I have had engagement with the national leads from the College of Policing, I have always been impressed with how they have been prepared to develop and pursue areas in their training. I know the hon. Lady will make representations to them and to me on how the training can be made better, and I am always interested in hearing about that. I am pleased that Domestic Abuse Matters training...

Ethnic Minority and Migrant Victims of Violence Against Women and Girls — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] ( 5 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: I will just pursue this point for a little while. The first responders training specifically considers the needs and vulnerabilities of different victims as a core thread running throughout. The training also specifically covers responding to so-called honour-based abuse. We have not debated that in detail today so I will not spend too long on it, but I am pleased the training is developing...

Written Answers — Home Office: Offences against Children ( 4 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Government recognises the importance of high-quality, timely therapeutic support for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. In recent years we have significantly increased funding for national, regional and community provision of support services for victims of child sexual abuse. As set out in our response to Recommendation 16 of the Independent Inquiry, we will be engaging with...

Written Answers — Home Office: Slavery: Victims ( 4 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: Multi-Agency Assurance Panels (MAAPs) were introduced as a matter of policy in an advisory capacity as part of the NRM decision making process to review negative conclusive grounds decisions prior to decision service. Decision making responsibility remained with the competent authorities, who would consider the feedback given by MAAPs. The competent authorities provided MAAPs with details of...

Written Answers — Home Office: Missing Persons: Racial Discrimination ( 3 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: People that go missing include some of the most vulnerable in our society. The Government is determined that missing people and their families receive the best possible protection and support from statutory agencies, including law enforcement, Government, and the voluntary sector. The Government acknowledges that the most recent data published by the National Crime Agency, covering the period...

Written Answers — Home Office: Offences against Children: Artificial Intelligence ( 3 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Government recognises the many benefits Artificial Intelligence can provide across a range of sectors and our efforts to ensure public safety; however artificial intelligence also poses significant risks to our efforts to tackle the proliferation of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). This Government remains firmly committed to tackling all forms of child sexual abuse online and in our...

Written Answers — Home Office: Home Office: Vivastreet ( 3 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: Pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2022 to questions 87795 and 87796, Home Office officials attended an online Adult Services Websites (ASWs) industry event jointly organised with the National Crime Agency in June 2022, to discuss the provisions of the Online Safety Bill and the obligations it will place on companies. This event included representatives from the following ASWs and...

Written Answers — Home Office: Slavery: Victims ( 3 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: Adult victims in England and Wales are supported through the Modern Slavery Victim Care Contract, led by The Salvation Army, alongside wider state services Child victims are supported by local authority safeguarding structures and Independent Child Trafficking Guardians provide support and advocate to reflect the best interests of the child in decision-making processes. Guardians are...


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