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Victim Contact Scheme

Run by National Probation Service.

The statutory Probation Service Victim Contact Scheme (VCS ) is offered to victims of violent and sexual offences where the offender receives a sentence of 12 months or more.

The purpose of the VCS is to provide eligible victims with information and advice about the criminal justice process by a designated Victim Liaison Officer (VLO ).

This includes being kept informed of key stages of the offender’s sentence, at the discretion of the probation trust, such as transfer to open conditions or release, and to make representations about victim related conditions that can be attached to the offender’s release licence.

Website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/national-probation-service