In 1998 the report given by the Home Office, ‘Speaking Up for Justice’, (Section 28), established that vulnerable and intimidated witnesses should not be denied the emotional support and counselling they may need before and after a trial.  Furthermore the decision to offer counselling and support should be based on the needs of the victim. However, despite this, some vulnerable witnesses are still being denied access to pre-trial therapy and emotional support on the grounds that it may affect the quality of their evidence or that their evidence may be considered contaminated and the case would fold. 

This 1-day workshop is suitable for all professionals who come into contact with victims-survivors or witnesses to rape or sexual abuse. It helps professionals to work ethically and safely with their clients during the period a case is being investigated and/or when the case has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service. 

What you will learn

  1. The Law and criminal justice processes
  2. How to safely provide therapy or emotional support to vulnerable and intimidated witnesses
  3. How to record your notes/records
  4. Confidentiality and information sharing
  5. Responding to court orders
  6. Post CJS/Post trial issues
  7. Impact of legal processes on the counselling or emotional support relationship

The workshop costs £65 per learner

The course runs from 9.15am to 4.30pm from our office in Rugby, Warwickshire. If you would like to host this training at a venue of your choice, please get in touch to discuss this possibility. 

Next Available Dates:

12/09/19

04/12/19

To book, please contact: [email protected]