Using this website

The Office of the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales is responsible for the content of this website. The Ministry of Justice is responsible for its technical aspects. 

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to the website using a screen reader 

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

About the accessibility of this website

We have completed a full WCAG 2.1 audit for this website.

We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible:

  • proprietary WordPress code (used in plugins) does not meet WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria
  • the WordPress Cookie Consent plugin does not output valid code
  • the site search and “hamburger” menu require JavaScript to function

What to do if you can’t access part of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format, you can contact us:

Email:

victims.commissioner@victimscommissioner.org.uk

Post:

Office of the Victims’ Commissioner
Clive House 5th Floor
70 Petty France
London
SW1H 9EX

Reporting accessibility problems 

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website.

If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact wordpress@digital.justice.gov.uk giving details of the issue and any assistive technology you are using.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Visiting us in person

Please let us know if you have any requirements so we can make arrangements for your visit. 

Our address is:

Office of the Victims’ Commissioner
Clive House 5th Floor
70 Petty France
London
SW1H 9EX

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Office of the Victims’ Commissioner is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliance issues listed below.

Non accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

WordPress code and plug-ins

Many pages don’t meet some “success criteria” of the international WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility standard due to proprietary WordPress code (used in plugins).

While these are minor issues which we believe to have minimal or no effect on accessibility, we are keeping up to date with the WordPress accessibility community who are continuously releasing accessibility fixes.

We have a third-party WordPress Cookie Consent plugin that does not output valid code – causing several issues, so we are sourcing a new plugin that will conform to accessibility standards, failing that we would create our own.

Use of JavaScript

Two key features of the site require the use of JavaScript to function:

  1. Search the website, and
  2. The “hamburger” link to an alternative set of menu items (especially for mobile users)

Text alternatives for images

Some images do not have a text alternative or use inappropriate descriptions so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

We will provide training for new Victims’ Commissioner staff who are responsible for updating the content of the website. We will also provide an information guide for regular updates to the website. 

We will continue to work with Victims’ Commissioner staff to ensure that text alternatives meet accessibility regulations.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

There are a number of inaccessible PDFs and Microsoft Word documents on the website.

While the accessibility regulations don’t require fixing PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018, we plan to fix those that are essential to providing our services, or replace them with accessible HTML pages by September 2020.

We will work with content editors to create or commission accessible PDFs, or, better, to replace them and other documents with HTML pages.

How we tested this website

We tested the site’s pages using the W3C conformance validator – https://validator.w3.org/, the WAVE web accessibility evaluation tool developed by WebAIM.org, and North Carolina State University’s Color Contrast Analyzer for Chrome – https://accessibility.oit.ncsu.edu/tools/color-contrast-chrome/.

The tests on the website https://victimscommissioner.org.uk/ were carried out by the Ministry of Justice.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will monitor the accessibility of this website on an on-going basis and fix any accessibility reported to us.

This statement was prepared on 17 September 2019.