IfJ are holding a professional development seminar on 12th October 2015 at Wyboston Lakes Training Centre entitled “The debilitating nature of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – an insight into the effects of trauma on communication” presented by Zoe Lodrick, an experienced trainer with expertise in sexualised trauma, domestic abuse, victim behaviour, sex offending and the interviewing of victims of sexual crimes. Download a flyer here, and register to attend here.
IfJ has launched a new automated system to enable solicitors to make contact with member intermediaries who accept referrals for vulnerable suspects and defendants. Finding a suitable intermediary has hitherto been something of a lottery – the MoJ matching service is currently confined to vulnerable victims and witnesses. In setting up this new service IfJ hopes to create a more level playing field. Find an intermediary for a vulnerable suspect or defendant
Around 100 people gathered at City Law School on 14th March to make IfJ’s first conference a lively and successful event. Applications to attend were still arriving in the final few days, and with some last minute juggling workshop places were found for everyone. Grateful thanks are due to: Sharon Richardson and Catherine O’Neill in particular for taking on the lion’s share of the organisation; our presenters who so generously gave their time and energy to create such an interesting and stimulating day; and last but not least to our patron Lady Henrietta St George for enabling us to offer free places to IfJ members, and to non-members at a very modest £25 – one attendee was so impressed he […]
Professor Penny Cooper’s accessible new book Court and Legal Skills, published by Palgrave Macmillan, demystifies the legal world and makes terminology, process and procedure accessible to those working in a range of different areas within Social Care. It is essential reading for those new to Social Work Law, as well as more experienced social workers, as it provides important updates on newer developments e.g. the intermediary Special Measure. Published by Palgrave Macmillan at £13.99 Review of Court and Legal Skills by Tina Pereira RI
Professor Penny Cooper’s accessible new book Court and Legal Skills, published by Palgrave Macmillan, demystifies the legal world and makes terminology, process and procedure accessible to those working in a range of different areas within Social Care. It is essential reading for those new to Social Work Law, as well as more experienced social workers, as it provides important updates on newer developments e.g. the intermediary Special Measure. Published by Palgrave Macmillan at £13.99 A review by Tina Pereira RI appears in the Members Area of the site
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced that the government has pledged to double the number of experts who help vulnerable witnesses and victims in courts in England and Wales. He said that up to 100 Registered Intermediaries would be recruited in a campaign due to start next month. Demand for RIs has increased dramatically over the last year, particularly in recent months, so this is very welcome news. Further details about the campaign and application process and how existing RIs can play an active role in this exercise will be made available shortly. Here is a link to the BBC News item.
In November 2014, The Communication Trust hosted a round table event with key stakeholders, including an IfJ Registered Intermediary, from across the youth justice and speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) sectors. The event facilitated a discussion about the current policy and practice landscape and made recommendations for practical action to improve outcomes for children and young people with SLCN in the youth justice system. ‘Doing justice to speech language and communication needs’ brings together the key messages and recommendations from this event and aims to provide a platform from which practitioners, services and policy makers can think about the different approaches, challenges and opportunities to improve outcomes for children and young people with SLCN in the youth justice system. […]
There is a requirement that, as part of a child’s evidence to be used in criminal or family proceedings, their understanding of the difference between truth and lies needs to be demonstrated. Triangle, a company based near Brighton in East Sussex, have recently launched a new smart phone app and DVD to facilitate the assessment of this understanding. They have put together 20 film clips (each 10-20 seconds long) showing real children acting out simple scenarios. In use, the child witness is invited to watch one of these clips (previously chosen by the interviewer at the interview planning stage) and is then asked the simple question ‘Did he/she tell the truth or a lie?’
We were delighted that so many people supported our official launch event on 10th December. In all, over 70 people attended including our three Honorary Members, David Wurtzel, Joyce Plotnikoff and Richard Woolfson and our first patron Lady Henrietta St George. There were also many intermediaries, representatives of the MoJ, NCA, Judiciary, CPS, police, solicitors, CBA, Law Commission, the Prison Reform Trust, Witness Services, NSPCC, research psychologists and expert witnesses. Proceedings were opened by Jan Jones, IfJ’s current Chair, who welcomed guests, gave a short history of IfJ and outlined its aims. Jan emphasized that it is an inclusive professional body embracing Registered Intermediaries trained in England and Northern Ireland and also those intermediaries who work for Communicourt and Triangle. […]
IfJ is delighted to learn that Honorary Member Joyce Plotnikoff was awarded a justly deserved DBE in the New Year Honours List in recognition of her work in support of vulnerable people within the criminal justice system, and of the Witness Intermediary Scheme. The citation reads: “Joyce Plotnikoff has shown extraordinary dedication to improving the lives of vulnerable witnesses. Her early advice included the Young Witness Pack and a film for judges demonstrating good practice in child witness cases. Her research has underpinned improvements in case management. Her toolkits on cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses and defendants are referenced here and in other adversarial jurisdictions. In 2013 Joyce received an Administration of Justice Award from the US Supreme Court Fellows Alumni […]