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NCJ Number: 161796 Find in a Library
Title: Child Witness Pack: An Evaluation
Author(s): J Plotnikoff; R Woolfson
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
Croydon, Surrey CR0 9YD, England
Great Britain Home Office
London, SW1H 9AT, England
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office
Research and Planning Unit
Information Section
50 Queen Anne's Gate, Room 278
London, SW1H 9AT,
United Kingdom
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report presents the methodology and findings from an evaluation of British courts' use of the Child Witness Pack, which is designed to prepare child witnesses for giving evidence.
Abstract: The Pack consists of one booklet for 5- to 9-year-olds, one for 10- to 15-year-olds, and one for parents and guardians. The Pack is used with the assistance and support of an independent adult who answers the child's questions and communicates the child's needs to the prosecution and court. The evaluation of the Pack and its use was conducted between April 1994 and May 1995. The evaluation's objectives were to obtain a wide range of views about the Pack; to discover the extent to which it is used to prepared child witnesses; and to discover more about the characteristics, functions, and training of the independent adult who is responsible for preparing the child for court. With few exceptions, children, guardians, independent adults, police officers, and barristers liked the Child Witness Pack and viewed the materials as very useful. Among respondents' suggestions for improvements to the Pack are the addition of extra sections, materials for adolescents in a more adult style, information about magistrates' courts and youth courts, advice for parents/guardians about the segregation of witnesses, and detailed guidance on how to use the Pack. Suggestions for national guidelines on the use of the Pack are provided in the concluding section of this report. 3 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile witnesses
Index Term(s): Court management; Foreign courts; Witness assistance
Note: From the Home Office Research and Statistics Department Research Findings, No. 29, December 1995.
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