Children who have been victims of crime have special needs. Depending on their age, they may need different degrees of support and assistance in order to successfully give their evidence at court.
The court recognises the special needs of children. Children can often give their evidence by having it pre-recorded in a safe and non-threatening environment or by giving their evidence from a separate room so that they do not have to face the scrutiny of others including the offender and where they can be supported.
The Child Witness Service is a government agency that has been established to ensure that children are helped through the court process. This may include being given information so that they can understand what is happening at court and their role in giving evidence. Staff at the Child Witness Service will help prepare children for court and will support them during and after giving their evidence.
Last updated: 23-Jan-2013
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