Thousands of people who volunteer in the Criminal Justice
System are to be given a voice in Government for the first
time, with the appointment of a Volunteering Champion, it
was announced today.
Justice Minister, Shahid Malik will highlight the work
done by Magistrates, Special Constables, volunteers in prisons,
Victims Support advisors and the thousands of others who
give up their spare time to serve their communities, without
The appointment comes as part of the government drive to
open up the Criminal Justice System to communities.
Encouraging people to get involved as volunteers will give
members of the public a better understanding of the justice
system, as well as help the justice system be more responsive
to local needs.
Justice Minister, and Ministerial Champion for Volunteering,
Shahid Malik said: "There are tens of thousands of
volunteers in the Criminal Justice System all of whom do
a fantastic job in making our communities safer. But all
too often they don't get the recognition that they deserve.
"Everyone who volunteers should be commended, but
those who choose to work for our communities with victims
and offenders so often work out of sight and can be overlooked.
I am delighted to be able to speak up for them and highlight
the important work they do each and every day."
The appointment comes as Baroness Neuberger publishes her
report into Volunteering in the Criminal Justice System
and is one of a series of steps being taken to strengthen
the role of volunteering across the Criminal Justice System.
The government will also shortly be bringing forward proposals
to increase the visibility and take-up of volunteering opportunities
in the CJS.