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Child victims and witnesses

There is specific support that must be given to victims under the age of 18 and there are support agencies who offer well designed support for child victims and witnesses.

The governments Code of Practice for Victims of Crime, which, came into force on the 10th December 2013 recognises specific support that must be given to victims under the age of 18.

To find out much more about the specific support within the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime please use the link below.

http://www.police.uk/news/victims-code/

Victim Support has a very useful website specifically designed for young victims and witnesses of crime, which you will no doubt find to be very informative, with lots of information and an interactive courtroom.

http://www.youandco.org.uk/

As of the 1st April 2015, a new protocol "word icon A Protocol Between the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunals Service to Expedite Cases Involving Witnesses Under 10 Years [161kb]" has come into effect. In respect of new submissions for pre-charge advice, it is essential that any cases falling within the protocol i.e those cases where:

a.    A witness is under the age of 10 at the time the incident is reported to the police and
b.   the witness under 10 has provided an evidential statement or ABE interview in relation to the incident, either in support of the prosecution or defence.

are easily identified so they can be urgently allocated to a lawyer and reviewed within the 7 day timescale.

Download the document: word icon A Protocol Between the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunals Service to Expedite Cases Involving Witnesses Under 10 Years [161kb]