Innovation of Justice: London, 22 Jun 2019

Reviving the Criminal Justice System What is ‘Innovation of Justice’? The project is run with the aim of breaking the barriers between victims of miscarriages of justice and those who can change or influence the law. We have four events planned around England and Wales, with the final event ending in the House of Commons. We aim to cover topics such as; issues facing the legal profession, disclosure failings, problems with the offence of joint enterprise, false allegations and more in these conferences. After the conferences, everyone who is brought together will help nominate and elect a board of representatives that will propose the required changes to the CPS, Police and Justice Committee. The Conferences: Building on the success of […]

IfJ Spreading the Word

IfJ Spreading the Word

During the last few months IfJ has been very busy with out-reach work and meeting our aim and objective as a charity of raising public awareness about the role of the Intermediary. We have given presentations to the Youth Liaison & Diversion Clinical Network. There was little knowledge of our work and it was an excellent opportunity to raise awareness. The Prison Reform Trust invited Catherine O’Neill, on behalf of IfJ, to present a pre-dinner speech about intermediary work to a group of interested delegates from around the world. This was an Open Society Foundation funded project spanning over several days. The visitors in the group had a wide array of experiences of working with vulnerable people, ranging from a […]

‘Falling short? A snapshot of young witness policy and practice’ by Joyce Plotnikoff and Richard Woolfson

Joyce Plotnikoff and Richard Woolfson’s young witness report for the NSPCC, ‘Falling short? A snapshot of young witness policy and practice’ was published on 26th February, 2019. Please find the full report here – https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/media/1672/falling-short-snapshot-young-witness-policy-practice-full-report.pdf Chapter 1, Discussion and recommendations, provides an overview of the report and can be found here – https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/media/1671/falling-short-snapshot-young-witness-policy-practice-discussion-recommendations.pdf

Court and Tribunal Reforms inquiry

IfJ have been invited to voice the views of intermediaries on a Defendant engagement panel. This is what led IfJ to take part in the HMCTS Court Reform Update in November 2018, where we fed in thoughts about the reforms  and their impact on the communication of vulnerable adults and children, throughout the day in various workshops. IfJ has now been asked to comment on access to justice in light of the proposals to move to online processes and digital hearings and to close courts. The Justice Committee has (rightly) raised concerns about access to justice and we will respond highlighting the difficulties for some vulnerable people who we work with, who will not be able to access ‘online justice’ with […]

Meet Oliver, Europe’s first ‘Justice Dog’

A detailed article by Philippa Budgen about Oliver, a specially trained ‘justice facility dog’, who provides emotional support to children and vulnerable people giving evidence in traumatic legal proceedings. Read Philippa’s article here.   Meet Oliver the Justice Dog

LEF Grant funding

Good news! IfJ put in a bid for funding from the Legal Education Foundation (LEF) . We are delighted that we have been successful and have been awarded £30,000. This is brilliant news and will enable us to put into action many of our aims and projects.

BOOK NOW: IfJ Annual General Meeting & Professional Development Seminar, 15th November

Date: Thursday 15th November 2018 Location: ‘thestudio’, Cannon Street, Birmingham B2 5EP (2 minutes’ walk from New Street Station) Time: 10am to 4.30pm. You are welcome to arrive from 9.15am onwards for coffee & conversation. Cost: IfJ members @ £45, Non-members @ £70 Click here to book Refreshments and lunch are included, please let us know about any dietary requirements.  This event is fully accessible – please let us know if you have any particular requirements – events@intermediaries-for-justice.org The AGM will start at 10 am followed by the Seminar from 10.30 which will include: ➢ Ministry of Justice update ➢ Setting the vision for our profession ➢ Intermediaries as lone workers – using the KAWA model ➢ Case presentations highlighting […]

‘Working with Defendants’ workshop – last minute space available

Due to a last minute cancellation we have 1 space available on the ‘Working with Defendants Workshop’ this Friday.  Venue: Centenary Plaza, 18 Holliday Street, Birmingham, B1 1TW (This is less than a 10 minutes walk from New Street or Moor Street train station). Date: 21st September 2018 Price: £90   Please get in touch at events@intermediaries-for-justice.org should you wish to attend.       

Intermediaries and secondary trauma: developments in Australia

The potential for criminal justice professionals to experience secondary trauma is increasingly recognised: the risk increases for those whose caseloads consist largely of child abuse cases. In Australia, pilot intermediary programmes are underway in New South Wales and Victoria. In Victoria, the pilot involves a group of self-employed and a few employed (‘internal’) intermediaries. The Department of Justice and Regulation considers a well-being strategy for all of them as a ‘common-sense occupational health and safety issue’ in relation to vicarious trauma.  Intermediaries are encouraged to find ‘a good professional supervisor’ but in addition, the Department recognises the potential for: ‘exposure to graphic material and explicit information, as well as managing a highly traumatised witness, to be extremely traumatic. It may be a single […]