Help for Young Witnesses of Crime
If you’re a young person affected by crime, or the parent or guardian of a young person affected by crime, we’re here for you. Our victim service pages contain general information about our Help For Young Victims of Crime. Here we describe how we can help if you are a young witness of crime.
Going to Court
For young people aged 18 and under you are entitled to special measures in court. Special measures fall into two categories: Special Measures and Standard Special Measures.
Standard Special Measures include –
- A live TV link
- A screen
- A supporter
One or more of these measures will be put in place for you automatically. You do not need to ask for this to happen.
Special Measures include –
- Giving evidence in chief in the form of a prior statement
- Taking evidence by commissioner
- A closed court
These measures are not automatic and will need Victim Information and Advice to discuss these measures with you, before an application can be made to court for approval
Who We Can Support
- If you’re under 12 and need to speak to someone, call us. We can’t give you support without a parent or
guardian being present, but we can talk to you about how we can involve them. And if you don’t want to involve a parent or guardian, we can let you know about other people who will be able to help you.
- If you’re 12 or over, you’re entitled to use our services with or without a parent or guardian being present. You can find out more about our services for victims and witnesses by using the links.