This is the Joint Agency Guide to the Victim Personal Statement. It sets out how to deliver the entitlement. Each agency has agreed to incorporate the guide into their victim focussed policies and where relevant to monitor compliance with this important victims right under the Code of Practice for Victims.

The guidance is welcome but we know from the data in our report published today that all criminal justice agencies can and must do more. For five years there has been no increase in victims who recall being made an offer of a VPS. This failure of service needs to tackled at all levels.