APCC Custody Lead Welcomes Increased Dignity for Female Detainees


Responding to the Home Office’s decision to consult on changes to PACE Codes around provision of menstrual products, APCC Custody Lead and ICVA Chair PCC Martyn Underhill said:

“Independent custody visitors are the eyes and ears of PCCs in the custody suite; today’s announcement is a strong example of this. Our volunteers told us about poor menstrual care for detainees and ICVA raised it with the then Home Secretary, who committed to changing PACE Codes. ICVs are an important part of the democratic process and I urge my colleagues to share this news with their volunteers and to take part in the consultation ensuring the basic needs of female detainees are met. PCCs have already taken steps to improve care in their local suites and I encourage their participation in this consultation.”

The full Independent Custody Visitors Association (ICVA) press statement can be read here. The Home Office’s consultation can be found here, and closes on 1 October 2018.

To learn more about how the APCC works with ICVA, watch our video with ICVA Chair PCC Martyn Underhill and ICVA CEO Katie Kempen explaining the important work they do.


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