Statutory Duties and Powers of the Commissioner

Statutory Duties of the Commissioner

  1. The Commissioner shall promote an awareness of matters relating to the interests of victims and survivors and of the need to safeguard those interests.
  2. The Commissioner shall keep under review the adequacy and effectiveness of law and practice affecting the interests of victims and survivors.
  3. The Commissioner shall keep under review the adequacy and effectiveness of services provided for victims and survivors by bodies or persons.
  4. The Commissioner shall advise the Secretary of State, the Executive Committee of the Assembly and any body or person providing services for victims and survivors on matters concerning the interests of victims and survivors:  
    • as soon as reasonably practicable after receipt of a request for advice; and
    • on such other occasions as the Commissioner thinks appropriate;
  5. The Commissioner shall take reasonable steps to ensure that the views of victims and survivors are sought concerning the interests of victims and survivors.
  6. The Commissioner shall make arrangements for a forum for consultation and discussion with victims and survivors.

You can access Commissioner's advice to Ministers here.

Powers of the Commissioner

  1. The Commissioner may undertake, commission or provide financial or other assistance for research or educational activities concerning the interests of victims and survivors or the exercise of his functions.
  2. The Commissioner may, after consultation with such bodies or persons as he thinks fit, issue guidance on best practice in relation to any matter concerning the interests of victims and survivors.
  3. The Commissioner may:
    • compile information concerning the interests of victims and survivors;
    • provide advice or information on any matter concerning the interests of victims and survivors;
    • publish any matter concerning the interests of victims and survivors, including the outcome of any research or activities mentioned in bullet 1 and any advice provided by the Commissioner.
  4. The Commissioner may make representations or recommendations to any body or person concerning the interests of victims and survivors.