Therapy for Child Witnesses

Pre trial therapy

Many child care professionals are anxious when a child they know is to be a witness in court particularly if the evidence is about abuse. That anxiety stems from the fear that they may be called to court to recount conversations with the child or may be accused of coaching or influencing the child in some way. There is growing acknowledgement though that children and young people need effective support before and after a criminal trial and professionals need to be available and confident to give that support.  

The following web site offers national advice and guidance on how to support children and other vulnerable witnesses so that they can give their best evidence in criminal proceedings with the minimum of distress. The informaiton on this site replaces local SCB procedures.

https://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/prosecution/therapychild.html