Child abduction and community safety incidents
Children and the court system
We recognise that sometimes children are required to give evidence in criminal courts, for crimes committed against them or for other crimes they have witnessed. We will follow the age appropriate guides to support children 5-11 year-olds and 12-17 year-olds.
We will follow these guides to ensure the correct process is followed and support and special measures are made available.
We understand that when child arrangements via the family courts are made following separation this can be a stressful and entrench conflict in families and this can be stressful for children. We will follow the guidance of the Ministry of Justice in managing these situations.
Children with family members in prison
We recognise that children who have a parent in prison are at risk of poor outcomes including poverty, stigma, isolation and poor mental health. We will use the information from NICCO, to help mitigate negative consequences for those children.