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Nottingham Young Witness Service showcases support

21 August 2013

Victim Support staff, volunteers and young victims and witnesses met Shadow Children’s Minister Lisa Nandy yesterday [20 August 2013] as she visited Nottingham's Young Witness Service to talk about what Victim Support can do to help children and young people, as well as the experiences of young witnesses in court.

The Criminal Justice system can be a scary, intimidating process for anyone called to give evidence, but especially so for young people. Nottingham’s Young Witness Service helps ease this process and makes sure young people feel as prepared as possible for the experience so they can give the best evidence they can.

Nottingham is just one of 7 dedicated young witness services run by Victim Support providing enhanced support for children and young people across England and Wales. These services support around 40 young witnesses per month on average. 

The kind of help provided can include home preparation visits, pre-trial visits so the child knows what to expect on the day, explanation of special measures available to them – such as live video links and screens, plus emotional support on trial days and post-trial visits.

Senior Service Delivery Manager Sue Younger said: "It was great to meet Lisa and showcase the valuable work that the Nottingham Young Witness Service does. At Victim Support we deal with hundreds of young and vulnerable people each year, so we know just how much this dedicated support is valued in an unfamiliar, daunting court environment."