Criminal justice system

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report on children’s experiences of the criminal justice system and support services following a crime. The research draws upon interviews with children who have experienced sexual harm, an analysis of transcripts of police interviews and data from police forces across England. Findings include a lack of awareness amongst children about their statutory rights in the Victims’ Code and issues around the conduct of some police interviews, including the use of inappropriate and victim-blaming language. The Commissioner is calling for guidance for professionals to help children and young people access their rights under the Victims’ Code.

Read the report: Children’s experiences as victims of crime  

Source: Children’s Commissioner for England

Date: 24 May 2024

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