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.
- Interviewing children who are reluctant to disclose sexual abuse
- Young witnesses in criminal cases
- Impact of special measures on jury decision-making
- Witness Confident
- Towards a family justice observatory
- Assessing the potential of the Well Centre ‘Teen Health Check’ data
- Understanding men’s perspectives on encounters with the child protection system