Chair's Thoughts on The Guardian's article, 'Helping child witnesses'.

Chair’s Thoughts on The Guardian’s article, ‘Helping child witnesses’.

Intermediaries for Justice welcome the extremely informative article in today’s Guardian Magazine: Helping child witnesses: ‘One girl gave evidence with a hamster on her lap’. Ruth Marchant, Registered Intermediary and director of Triangle has raised awareness of the work of Intermediaries carried out throughout the country on a daily basis. The article describes well the process from referral, to investigation and then to trial with a young child. In addition to working with young children, Intermediaries work with adults and children who fall into the following categories: any child/young person under 18 years; Mental Health Disorders; Autism; Physical Disability (i.e. cerebral palsy, stroke, progressive disorders); Learning Disability and The Vulnerable Elderly. As communication specialists, as stated in the article, a large part of the Intermediary’s […]

Mental Health and Fair Trial report by JUSTICE

JUSTICE states ‘Suspects and defendants with mental ill health or learning disabilities need to be better identified and supported, in order to ensure their right to a fair trial in England, argues a JUSTICE report published on 27 November 2017. Around one in four adults in the UK are diagnosed with a mental illness during their lifetime and many more will experience changes in their mental well-being. Three quarters of people with mental health problems receive no support at all. The available evidence suggests that people in the criminal justice system are far more likely to suffer from mental health problems than the general population. Mental Health and Fair Trial, the result of  JUSTICE working party which started work in […]

‘Hidden cog in the wheels of justice’

Here is a blog post by IfJ’s Esther Rumble on what it is like to work as an intermediary. This post has been published on Russell Webster’s website, who blogs on all matters to do with Justice and has a wide and knowledgeable audience in the Justice community.

Recent media coverage on Intermediaries

Since the Victims Commissioners Report on Tuesday 17th January, there has been a lot of media coverage on the work of Intermediaries. Below are links to recent coverage: BBC News Online Vulnerable witnesses’ denied help to give evidence. The Guardian Child victims let down by lack of help in court, says UK watchdog. Victoria Derbyshire BBC 2 @ 1 hour 10 minutes in Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 @ 6.15 and 8.10   Other media coverage included: BBC Breakfast, BBC 1 BBC 1 TV news BBC News channel      

Chair's Thoughts on the Victims Commissioner Review, 'Voice of the Voiceless'

Chair’s Thoughts on the Victims Commissioner Review, ‘Voice of the Voiceless’

View Point IfJ Chair’s Thoughts Following the publication of the Victims Commissioner Review, ‘Voice of the Voiceless’ (https://victimscommissioner.org.uk/a-voice-for-the-voiceless/), Intermediaries for Justice would like to thank all intermediaries for their involvement in this research. The extraordinary response rate to the survey (92%) and participation at regional meetings have enabled the Victims Commissioner, Baroness Newlove, to paint a comprehensive picture of the scheme, its unique role in facilitating communication with children and vulnerable adults in the justice system, and to identify key factors impeding its effective operation. Baroness Newlove’s Review highlights the passion and commitment of the intermediary community, the central importance of the role, and its contribution in assisting equal access to justice. It describes the current under-resourcing and subsequent unmatched […]

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IfJ 3rd Annual Conference – Powerpoints

Power and Vulnerability – Lynda Gibbs Supporting Male Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse – Alan Robertson and Dr Andy Williams Reaching Out to Male Survivors of Rape – Clinic 26 Respond – Richard Curen The Lucy Faithful Foundation – Tom Squire Do Intermediaries help children give better evidence? – Lucy Henry Working with young perpetrators – Julian Dunn Section 28 breakout session – Joyce Plotnikoff and Rosemary Wyatt S 28 Checklist for registered intermediaries – Joyce Plotnikoff Child House Model – Emma Harewood