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Achieving best evidence in criminal proceedings: guidance for vulnerable or intimidated witnesses, including children: consultation paper

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Home Office. Communication Directorate
Publisher:
Great Britain. Home Office. Communication Directorate
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
119p.
Place of publication:
London

The principal areas, which require attention if the needs of vulnerable witnesses whether adults or children are to be met, are: the recognition and subsequent reporting of crime; the identification of vulnerabilities; and putting effective measures to address these into place during investigation, pre-trial preparation and during and after any criminal trial. Children are defined as vulnerable by reason of their age. The Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 acknowledges that all children under 17 years of age, appearing as defence or prosecution witnesses in criminal proceedings, are eligible for Special Measures to assist them in providing their evidence and having their evidence heard at court. Early identification of the individual abilities as well as disabilities of each vulnerable adult is important in order to guide subsequent planning. An exclusive emphasis upon disability ignores the strengths and positive abilities which a vulnerable individual possesses. Vulnerable witnesses may have had social experiences which may have implications for the investigation and any subsequent court proceedings. Research suggests that sexual offences, assaults, and those offences where the victim knew the offender are particularly likely to lead to intimidation of witnesses. It seems likely that crimes which involved repeated victimisation such as stalking and racial harassment are also particularly likely to lead to intimidation. In addition, some witnesses to other crimes may be under fear and distress and may require safeguarding and support in order to give their best evidence.

Book

Good practice in childcare

Author:
KAY Janet
Publisher:
Continuum
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
183p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This book presents a guide to standards of good practice in child care, including discussions of the dilemmas raised in applying ethical and moral values and how these link to children's rights issues. It covers such topics as the law, professionalism, reflective practice, record-keeping, stereotyping, disability, workplace, home and community, historical and international context. The book provides exercises and case studies which are useful in the classroom and should help those studying for social care qualifications. Sections on working with parents and confidentiality as well as a useful chapter on the reflective practitioner are included.

Book

Social and personal relationships: policy and good practice guidelines for staff working with adults with learning disabilities

Author:
BRITISH INSTITUTE OF LEARNING DISABILITIES
Publisher:
British Institute of Learning Disabilities,|West Midlands Learning Disability Fo
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
72p.bibliog.
Place of publication:
Kidderminster

Sets out a policy framework which outlines the rights and responsibilities of staff, carers, relatives and adults with learning disabilities. Good practice guidelines are provided on how the policy can be used by staff in various settings, in supporting adults with learning difficulties in their social and personal relationships. Topics discussed include: the law; consent; risk; advocacy; staff support; equal opportunities; confidentiality; whistle blowing; parental/carer involvement; personal and sexual relationships; sexual orientation; self stimulation; sexual health; contraception; pregnancy and unwanted pregnancy; sterilisation and vascectomy; marriage and other partnerships; divorce and separation; sexually stimulating material; sexual abuse; service standards

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