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This is the Consultations section. It contains publications on consultation issues surrounding crimes against individuals, communities, and property, for example:

  • Parenting Orders
  • Business Crime Consultation
  • Neighbourhood Renewal Consultation
  • Domestic Violence

All publications have been listed in date order, with the most recent first.


Review of criminality information

In a bid to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date evaluation of data sharing across the criminal justice system, a review of how information relating to criminality is used and shared to support public protection is currently underway. Based at the Home Office, this independent review of criminality information (ROCI) is being led by Sir Ian Magee.

Lead Agency: Home Office


Strengthening powers to tackle anti-social behaviour

The focus of this consultation paper is on strengthening our response to challenging anti-social behaviour through the use of pre-court disposals, in particular via interventions such as Fixed Penalties or cautions, issued by police – the person involved can either accept the penalty or go to court.

Lead Agency: Home Office
Date For Responses: 6th February 2007

Making Sentencing Clearer

Lead Agency: Home Office
Date for Responses: Closed

This document is a consultation issued by the Home Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Attorney General on a range of proposals to better protect the public and make sentencing clearer. This expands and seeks views on proposals first made in the paper “Rebalancing the criminal justice system in favour of the law-abiding majority – Cutting crime, reducing re-offending and protecting the public”.

New powers against organised and financial crime

Lead Agency: Home Office
Date for responses: Closed

The White Paper ‘One Step Ahead’ set out a radical departure in the way organised crime is tackled. It included proposals for institutional changes, new powers and the better use of existing ones, all integrated into a new strategy for tackling the problem. The fundamentals of this new approach are simple: turning away from defining success by the number of essentially tactical outputs (like volumes of seizures, or the number of arrests or operations) to measure success by the extent to which harms caused by organised crime and prevented in the first place; to demonstrate that illicit markets have been disrupted and to change profoundly the risk / reward relationship which currently favours the criminal.

Public Service Agrement (PSA) Consultation : Have your say about how the current PSAs could be improved!

Lead Agency: Home Office
Date for responses: Closed

As part of the Government’s work to prepare for negotiations around the Home Office PSAs under the 2007 Spending Review, the Home Office is seeking views from its stakeholders and partners on what can be learnt from the SR04 targets and on how the current PSAs might be improved.

Convicting Rapists and Protecting Victims – Justice for Victims of Rape

Lead Agency: Office for Criminal Justice Reform
Date for responses: Closed

Rape is an appalling crime that devastates the lives of victims and their families and inspires fear in our communities. Rape is sexualised violence, representing a psychological as well as physical violation. However, rape will always be a difficult offence to prosecute. The majority of rapes are perpetrated by someone known to the victim. Often there are no independent witnesses present and no forensic evidence available.

Fewer than 6% of rape cases reported to the police ultimately result in a conviction. Increasing conviction rates is vital in terms of crime reduction, both in preventing rapists from committing further offences, and sending a deterrent message to potential offenders.

Tackling Human Trafficking – Consultation on Proposals for a UK Action Plan

Lead Agency: Home Office
Date for responses: Closed

Human trafficking is a modern day form of slavery which causes great harm to both individuals who are trafficked and to our society and economy as a whole. Tackling human trafficking is a key priority for the UK Government’s organised crime strategy. The Government is committed to drawing up a national action plan aimed at combating and preventing human trafficking, as recommended by international organisations such as the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the proposed areas for action and specific initiatives which are proposed as well as an opportunity to suggest other areas where a UK strategy should focus.


Enabling local authorities to contract their Anti-Social Behaviour Order functions to organisations managing their housing stock

Lead Agency: ODPM
Date for responses: Closed

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) has proposed that local authorities should ask organisations managing their housing stock to carry out some or all of the authorities’ functions in relation to anti-social behaviour. This consultation paper seeks your views on the proposal by 1 February 2006

Consultation on Standard Powers for Community Support Officers

Lead Agency: Home Office
Date for responses: Closed

The Government White Paper ‘Building Communities, Beating Crime’, which was published in November 2004, contained a commitment to introduce a set of minimum powers for community support officers (CSOs). Under the Police Reform Act 2002 chief constables have the power to designate CSOs a range of powers. At present, this means that CSOs in different forces can use some, all, or occasionally none of the powers. However there are significant drawbacks to the current situation. The public have no way of knowing what the powers of CSOs are from one force to the next. This is confusing and disorientating, and leads many members of the public to think that CSOs have no powers at all. Also, it means that in some forces CSOs do not have sufficient powers to play a full part in neighbourhood policing and have a role more similar to that of wardens. For these reasons the Home Office think that it is sensible to standardise the powers designated to CSOs and intend to legislate for a set of standard powers at the earliest opportunity.

Government Guidance – Sharing Information on Children and Young People

Lead Agency: Department for Education & Skills
Date for responses: Closed

The Department for Education and Skills launched the consultation “Cross Government Guidance – Sharing Information on Children and Young People” on
23 August 2005. The consultation is scheduled to run until 15 November 2005. It seeks views on a draft of the first cross-Government guidance on information sharing in respect of children and young people.

Last update: Wednesday, September 05, 2007

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