The Victims’ Commissioner is carrying out a review into the provision of registered intermediaries for children and vulnerable victims and witnesses.
Registered Intermediaries are provided to children and vulnerable victims through special measures as set out in the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999. The role is designed to assist vulnerable victims and witnesses in giving evidence from the initial Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) interview with the police, though to giving evidence at court.
The aim of the review is to examine the Registered Intermediary Scheme as a whole and make recommendations that will support registered intermediaries in their vital work, ultimately leading to improved services for vulnerable victims and witnesses.
The review will be published later this year.