Rape action plan (FOI)
Rape action plan (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 03 May 2023.
Prepared internally, no external costs.
The Assistant Minister mentioned in an answer to the youth parliament question on rape statistics that there is an action plan and that 86% of this plan has been completed. Could the government please publish this plan with the required actions the responsibilities for those actions, the time taken to carry out those actions and reasons for delay?
It would also be useful to know when this plan was put together, put into action and on whose authority and under what circumstances and why the public or wider community was not involved?
Please see the plan attached.
Jersey RASSO Joint Action Plan 2023 V2.pdf
You may find the following glossary of terms useful:
RASSO – Rape and Serious Sexual Offences
SOJP – States of Jersey Police
LOD – Law Officers Department
NPCC – National Police Chief’s Council
SARC – Sexual Assault Referral Centre
ISVA – Independent Sexual Violence Adviser
AG - Attorney General
CJ3 – A legal advice request form sent by Police to the Law Officers Department
Operation Soteria Bluestone – the UK Home Office-funded research and change project led by the NPCC
Operation Soteria – Transforming the Investigation of Rape (npcc.police.uk)
Protected characteristics are as defined in Schedule 1 of the Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013:
Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013 (jerseylaw.je)
The Joint Action Plan, when it was launched in January 2022, set out a clear joint commitment by the SOJP and the LOD to work together to deliver improvements to how rape cases are investigated and prosecuted. 68% of the actions have been completed with the remainder, such as training, ongoing for a variety of reasons. The plan will continue into 2023 and will be updated with new actions as we learn more and strive to develop and improve.
The plan was prepared under the authority of Chief of Police Robin Smith and Attorney General Mark Temple. All actions are jointly owned by the States of Jersey Police and the Law Officers Department.
As this is an internal document prepared by, and for the use of, the SOJP and LOD jointly, there was no obligation to refer this plan to other external parties.