Welcome to the volunteering section of the website. Here you can learn about the roles undertaken by our volunteers, the recruitment process and read the reports submitted by the Scheme.
Want to volunteer?
In this section you will find out about what volunteer roles are available in our office and information about how to apply. We accept forms from all areas and will contact you when a place becomes available.
About the ICV role
The Office of the Sussex PCC manages up to 40 dedicated volunteers who undertake vital duties for its Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) scheme. Representatives from the community are recruited and appointed on a geographical basis to visit the five police custody centres in Sussex (Brighton, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings and Worthing). Unannounced visits are made by pairs of visitors at varying times of the day and night to ensure a consistent pattern of visits. After every visit, the pair of visitors complete a written report form about their findings, which is then passed onto the ICV Scheme Manager at the Office of the Sussex PCC.
You can find out more about the work of the scheme manager in her blog.
Here you will find reports from the ICV visits, HMICFRS inspection reports and the Sussex Police response and progress made in respect of the actions raised.
- ICV Annual Report 2019-2020
- Issues identified from visits October 2019 to January 2020
- Issues identified from visits June 2019 to September 2019
- ICV Annual Report 2018-2019
- Blog on recruitment http://spccweb.thco.co.uk/about/independent-custody-visitor-blog/icv-blogs/february-2019-how-to-find-new-volunteers/
- Issues identified from visits February 2019 to May 2019
- Issues identified from visits October 2018 to January 2019
- Issues identified from visits April 2018 to September 2018
- ICV Annual Report 2017-2018
- HMICFRS Inspection 2016
- OSPCC Response to the HMICFRS Inspection 2016 https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/about/news/sussex-pcc-welcomes-findings-of-custody-centre-inspection/
- ICVA Annual Report 2017/18 https://icva.org.uk/icva-2017-2018-annual-report/
Apply to be an ICV
Recruitment is currently on hold. However we accept applications for all areas and will hold them until a place becomes available.
If you would like to apply please download a printable copy of the application form here and return as directed.
New applications from interested custody visitors will not be accepted if they are currently an appropriate adult in the same area. This is due to a conflict of interests in the two roles, as custody visitors may, on occasion, have cause to give critical feedback regarding the provision of appropriate adult services in the area they visit. Therefore, the independence element of the custody visitor role precludes one person covering both ICV and AA roles in a suite. Exceptions
ICVs may act as an AA if:
- in relation to a child, they are the parent or guardian; or
- in relation to a vulnerable adult, they are a relative, guardian or other person responsible for their care or custody.
Diversity and Equality
It is important that our ICVs reflect the community we live in and that is why we are keen to recruit volunteers from a range of different backgrounds. You can find out more about the role of an ICV through this short video.
How does the recruitment process work?
To apply for a role as an ICV, you will first need to complete an application form. Based on your suitability for the role, you may then be invited for an interview at the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (OSPCC).
On receipt of references and completion of the vetting process, successful applicants are then appointed to a Panel in their local area comprising of individuals available to visit the custody centre. Full training is provided to all volunteers when they start as an ICV and, to enhance them in their role throughout the year, further training is also provided across a variety of different areas including: mental health and children in custody. Volunteers are also given regular updates about the work of the PCC, OSPCC and the findings from reports and inspections to assist them in carrying out their role.
The work carried out by ICVs is entirely voluntary, although travelling expenses are payable.
We are committed to providing quality in the service we deliver, the career opportunities we offer our people and to increase the diversity of our workforce to reflect the community we serve.
We value diversity and inclusion and want to attract the best people for the roles available, regardless of age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, disability, social status and religious beliefs.
We want to do all we can to encourage fair and inclusive opportunities, helping us to ensure that all individuals are properly supported and represented.
We are committed to the elimination of unfair discrimination and we are determined to ensure that all our employees receive fair and equitable treatment.
We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who are from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
What is the ICV Panel?
Each area has its own Panel which is led by a local Co-ordinator. They provide support to the volunteers on their Panel alongside the local custody Inspector. Each Panel holds bi-annual meetings to discuss issues arising from visits. Any relevant information is then shared with the police at local and Force level, as well as to the OSPCC. Each Panel Co-ordinator is responsible for organising the rota of visits to the custody centre too.
Our ICV Handbook provides useful background information about the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme and the procedures that are involved in the process. Click here to view the current Scheme which is reviewed on an annual basis.
The Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) promotes the custody visiting process nationally and is a good source of information for members of the public, ICVs and for the administrators of the schemes.
ICV Members' Area Access
If you are an ICV volunteer who would like to access the materials in the members area then click the login button below.
Scheme Manager's Blog
To view all of my blogs, including who I am, my overnight stay in a cell, tasting the food in custody, how to look for volunteers and much more, please click on the following link: