Funded by National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
For many children who experience abuse, their experience of the justice system plays an important part of getting their lives back on track. This project will explore the experiences of young witnesses, to understand how changes to policy and practice in the criminal justice system have affected children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
The key output of this research is up to 10 (minimum 8) case studies that can translate the complex journeys of children who have experienced abuse and neglect through the criminal justice system into clear, accessible accounts. These case studies should focus on how children experience the following aspects of the criminal justice process:
• Police-led Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) interviews
• The role of registered intermediaries at both ABE interview and trial
• Communication and information about the process
• Delays in the criminal justice process
• Access to specialist victim and witness support both prior to and during trial
• Information and options provided about access to Special