The first decade of intermediaries in the criminal justice system

Intermediaries are independent communication specialists who assist children and vulnerable adults at police interviews and trials, helping to improve the quality of their evidence and providing access to justice for those who previously had been excluded. 

This project aimed to provide a comprehensive explanation of how intermediaries work in practice and gives ‘behind the scenes’ insights into the criminal process. 

Findings are presented in a book published by Policy Press, which is illustrated with case examples through intermediaries’ own descriptions of their work. The book also includes feedback from justice system personnel and over 70 judges.