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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

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

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Consultation exercise - The Children's Charter

04/11/2005

CPS Policy Directorate has prepared a document, the Children's Charter, explaining the way we deal with cases where children are involved as victims or witnesses. The Charter is for children, their parents, guardians and carers and for those who work to support children. Organisations that work with children have been involved in the preparation of the document.

The Children's Charter is the subject of a consultation exercise. The consultation exercise starts on 4 November 2005 and ends on 10 February 2006. We welcome views from everyone with an interest in this topic. Responses to the consultation should be made by completing and returning the questionnaire, a copy of which can be found at the end of the Charter. Responses should be sent to Kirsten Foster, CPS Policy Directorate (please see the consultation questionnaire for contact details).

The attached two documents are the consultation papers. The first document is the Children's Charter. The second document is an alternative version of Chapter 4 of the Charter, which has been written in the "second person". We seek feedback as to both documents.

Children's Charter
Alternative version of Chapter 4

Should you have any queries with regard to the consultation exercise, please contact Kirsten Foster, CPS Policy Directorate (tel no 01904 545476).