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Community Engagement

The CPS is committed to community engagement at both national and local levels. For us, community engagement starts from basic information giving about the CPS, through to more active consultation on existing policies or practices. Engagement in its most developed form involves communities working as partners with the CPS to improve the way we work, e.g. community groups being invited to contribute to staff training. By opening up the CPS and acting on input from diverse communities, we aim to inspire greater trust in the CPS, which in turn will lead to greater confidence amongst witnesses and victims, resulting in improved prosecution outcomes.

National engagement is undertaken through our Community Accountability Forum (CAF) which is made up of community representatives, representatives from our staff networks and staff. CAF is chaired by the Chief Executive, Peter Lewis. A range of other national engagement is also undertaken on national policies and programmes. The involvement of communities, through engagement, also helps us to improve CPS effectiveness by developing policies that address community concerns, for example, a range of diverse communities have been involved in developing our policies relating to racial and religious hate crime, homophobic and transphobic hate crime, domestic violence and disability hate crime. At local level, our Areas engage through Local Scrutiny and Involvement Panels (LSIPs). These are made up of community representatives and staff. LSIPs scrutinise closed hate crime and Violence against Women cases in order to provide feedback to enable the CPS to improve prosecutions on these cases. They are also a forum for local consultation. A range of other engagement is undertaken at a local level both independently by the CPS and in partnership with our criminal justice and other statutory agency partners. CPS Core Quality Standard 12 outlines the CPS standard for community engagement through which performance against the standard is assessed on an annual basis.

Policy and Guidance

Title

CPS Equality and Diversity Objectives Annual Report 2012-13

Description

This annual report details the progress we have made during the period 2012-2013 on our Equality and Diversity Objectives 2012-2015.

Format

Available to download in Acrobat PDF
CPS Equality and Diversity Objectives Annual Report 2012-13 - English PDF
CPS Equality and Diversity Objectives Annual Report 2012-13 - Welsh PDF

Title

Community Engagement Good Practice In Relation to CQS 12 - 2012/13

Description

This document explains how the CPS applied good community engagement practice relating to Core Quality Standard 12 during 2012-13.

Format

Available online on this website
Community Engagement Good Practice 2012/13
Community Engagement Good Practice 2012/13 - Welsh

Title

National Review of Local Scrutiny Involvement Panels 2012/13

Description

This document descibes the national review carried out by the CPS of all its Local Scrutiny Involvement Panels in 2012-13 and plans for future development in community engagement as a result of this review.

Format

Available online on this website
National Review of Local Scrutiny Involvement Panels 2012/13
National Review of Local Scrutiny Involvement Panels 2012/13 - Welsh