Children who are witnesses in court may have lived through trauma and abuse and their involvement in the criminal justice system can have a big impact on their recovery. Positive experiences can help them move forward but negative experiences can be damaging.
Receiving tailored support at every step of the witness process is a crucial part of helping children who have been abused get back on track.
In 2009, Plotnikoff and Woolfson published a report examining how well government policy and practice guidance met the needs of young witnesses in England and Wales.
Ten years later, the researchers gathered views from 272 criminal justice policymakers and practitioners to find out what has improved and what work still needs to be done.
Deborah Piccos, SAHCA Vice-Chair, was heavily involved with the research.