The slow pace of family justice

 UNITED KINGDOM –  Guidance on interviewing victims and witnesses, and guidance on using special measures

Achieving Best Evidence was originally drafted and published in January 2002  witnesses, including children, reaches the highest possiblestandards. 

Foreword 1

1. Introduction 3

Status 3

Scope 3

Vulnerable and Intimidated Witnesses (eligible for Special Measures) 4

Vulnerable Witnesses 4

Intimidated Witnesses 5

Special Measures 6

Significant Witnesses (not eligible for Special Measures) 8

Training 9

2. Planning and preparation 10

The Importance of Planning 10

Initial Contact with Victims and Witnesses 10

CompetenceCompellability and Availability forCross-Examination: the Legal Position 11

Planning Information 13

Overview 13

Child Witnesses 14

Definition 14

Preliminaries 14

The Context of the Allegation: the Intersection of the Child Protection and Criminal Justice Systems 14

Consent 17

Informing the Child’s Carers 19

Medical Examinations 20

Psychiatric/Psychological Assessment Interviews 21

Information about Child Witnesses 21

Previous Interventions 23

Race, Gender, Culture and Ethnic Background 24

Other Life Experiences 25

Assessment Prior to the Interview 27

Vulnerable Adults 28

Definition 28

Preliminaries 29

Recognising Vulnerable Adult Witnesses 29

Support for Vulnerable Adult Witnesses 30

Consent 34

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The Child Protection System in England.

This is a time of major reform in child protection, early intervention, the social care workforce, the health service, the Police and the family justice system, as set out principally in the Munro Review of Child Protection, the Allen Review, the Health and Social Care Bill, the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, the programme of the Social Work Reform Board and the ongoing Family Justice Review.

There is a consistent pursuit of criminally relevant acts committed by employees of protection and justice

Should Judges who preside over care proceedings have a mandatory psychology assessment ?

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