Policy Details

Protecting Vulnerable People (PVP)

Dated: 25 Sep 2013


POLICY TITLE: Protecting Vulnerable People (PVP)

OWNING DIRECTORATE: Major Crime and Intelligence

AUTHOR: Detective Chief Inspector, Protecting Vulnerable People, Crime



AIM OF POLICY: To ensure the early identification of the most vulnerable members of our community; to work with partner agencies to ensure that effective safeguarding measures are put in place; and to provide a robust policing response to bring to justice those perpetrators who may cause significant harm to vulnerable people.

BENEFIT OF POLICY: Community reassurance and confidence. Victims will be protected and supported; offenders will be made accountable for their actions through the criminal justice system.

REASON FOR POLICY: To promote understanding of Northumbria Police's role in the protection of victims and bringing offenders to justice.



Northumbria Police recognises that certain types of crime cause considerable public concern and certain categories of victims are vulnerable because of the repeating nature of the crime or anti social behaviour or the relationship between the victim and offender.

Northumbria Police will identify and protect vulnerable people in the Northumbria force area and work in partnership to implement appropriate safeguarding measures, bring offenders to justice, and contribute to the multi-agency management of offenders to reduce the risk of further offending.

Northumbria Police recognises that the following may be vulnerable and require safeguarding activity by police and partner agencies:

  • Children
  • Vulnerable adults in accordance with the Care Act 2014, 'Care and Support - Statutory Guidance', ch 14.2.
  • Victims of hate crime or anti social behaviour, including disability related hate crime, or anti social behaviour.
  • Victims of domestic violence including honour based violence and forced marriage
  • Victims of rape and sexual assaults
  • Those victims who are subject to repeat crime or anti social behaviour in accordance with the agreed Force definition* and are in need of safeguarding measures¬†
  • Persons reported missing.

Northumbria Police will concentrate and focus its efforts on the following persons who pose a risk of harm to the vulnerable, with a view to reducing the risk of further offending, and to bringing the perpetrators to justice where further harm has occurred:

  • Those individuals or groups who target the vulnerable within our communities.
  • Those individuals who are within the statutory MAPPA (Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements) framework.
  • Those individuals who are not identified by one of the three categories within MAPPA but who are considered to be potentially dangerous persons.

* Repeat victimisation occurs when the same person or place suffers either crime or personal anti social behaviour more than once in a three month period, with the exceptions of burglary dwelling and hate crime where the period is 12 months.


SOURCE DOCUMENTS: Human Rights Act, NPIA Investigating Domestic Abuse, ACPO strategy on honour based violence, Hate Crime: Delivering a Quality Service Good Practice and Tactical Guidance (ACPO, 2005), NPIA Guidance on Investigating and Prosecuting Rape, and Care Act 2014, 'Care and Support - Statutory Guidance', ch 14.2.

GROUPS AFFECTED: All officers and staff