When your child is a witness

Supporting a child witness through a criminal prosecution can be daunting for parents and carers. The ODPP’s Witness Assistance Service (WAS) has prepared this information to help you to understand and meet your child’s emotional needs during this time, and to feel prepared for the legal process ahead. It may also help you manage your own anxieties about your child's role as a witness.

‘Child’ in this section refers both to children and young people.

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Emotional support

To follow are some of the ways you as a parent or carer can provide emotional support to your child during the prosecution process:

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Getting ready for court

The following information is to help you feel prepared for the legal process ahead. (Going to court and being a witness also provides information that may be helpful.)