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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2013, Official Report, column 25W, on victim support schemes, what plans he has to integrate victims' services with social services where vulnerable and persistently targeted victims of crime are concerned.
The Government recognises the particular needs of vulnerable and persistently targeted victims, and we are committed to finding ways in which services can work together to ensure those needs are met.
The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice is currently leading a national group on Sexual Violence against Children and Vulnerable People, which recognises the need for effective partnerships across agencies at both national and local level; in developing the way in which victims are referred to and supported by services based on identified needs. Both the consultation on “Getting it Right for Victims and Witnesses” and “Improving the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime” have highlighted the importance of ensuring the needs of vulnerable and persistently targeted victims of crime are met both by the criminal justice agencies and wider services. PCCs will take on the commissioning of the majority of services for victims in 2014 and they will be well placed to work with local partners, including social services, to ensure the needs of victims are addressed.