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Support for Victims and Witnesses

Being a victim or a witness to a crime is not easy, but, with your help, we work hard to bring offenders to justice. Throughout the justice process we will support you and treat you with dignity.

The aim of witness care units is to provide a single point of contact for Victims and Witnesses, minimising the stress of attending court and keeping  victims and witnesses up to date with any news in a way that is convenient to them.

Witnesses are essential to successful prosecutions and we are committed to making the process as straightforward as we can.

Read the fact sheet about witness care units

Find out more about being a witness

Crimes involving young people

Young people as victims and witnesses

Being a victim or a witness to a crime is not easy, but we work hard to bring offenders to justice. Throughout the justice process we will support young victims and witnesses and treat them with dignity.

Find out more about how we support young victims and witnesses

Youth crime

The Crown Prosecution Service acts in partnership with other agencies such as the police, the youth justice board, children's services, courts and youth offending teams. Each area of the CPS has a youth justice specialist who oversees the prosecution of youth crime in their area.

Find out more about how we prosecute youth crime

Millie and Jerome go to court

06/11/2007

"Millie the witness" and "Jerome: a witness in court" are the faces of a new drive launched by the Crown Prosecution Service during Inside Justice Week to inform children and young people of what will happen if they report a crime.

Millie and Jerome are the characters in two new documents which complement the CPS policy Children and Young People. The documents are for children and young people of different ages and abilities, and use simple language and illustrations.

"Millie the Witness" and "Jerome: a witness in court" could be used by adults when preparing children and young people to go to court as victims or witnesses in criminal proceedings.

Nearly 100 young people were consulted during the exercise to produce the documents, as well as representatives from the voluntary, support and statutory agencies.

"Explained what would happen if I saw a crime being committed", "brilliant", "memorable" are the words of the young people who commented on the two documents.

The documents should be read in conjunction with the CPS policy Children and Young People, which was published last year.

Sir Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions said : "The purpose of the two documents is to inform children and young people of the role of the CPS and what they can expect to happen if they attend court as a victim or witness.

"We want children to be happy, healthy, safe and succesful. We know that the work we do can affect only some of these things directly but when we prosecute cases we will always think about the wider needs of children.

"I would like to thank all those who have contributed to the production of these documents."

  1. Inside Justice Week is an annual event that gives the opportunity to the public to take a look behind the scenes of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) in England and Wales. Up and down the country events and activities are organised to show how justice is done in our police stations, courts and prisons. Teachers and schools are also joining in with special lessons packs.
  2. 92 children and young people, from the age range 5 to 19 years, contributed to the exercise to produce the two documents.
  3. The CPS policy "Children and Young People" was launched on 27 June 2006.
  4. "Children and Young People", "Millie the witness" and "Jerome : a witness in court" are available in the Victims and Witnesses/Further information section on our website.
  5. "Jerome: a witness in court" includes images from the CPS DVD "Just Deserts. ". "Just Deserts" DVD is available on request.
  6. A child or young person is defined as anyone under 18.
  7. There is no lower age limit as to when a child can be a witness but there are practical as well as welfare concerns the CPS must consider.
  8. All enquiries to CPS Press Office on 020 7796 8105.