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1 1 Social Services Witness Service Police YWS Provides support at every Crown and Magistrate’s Court in Sussex The YWS works closely with the Police, CPS, Courts and Children’s Services The YWS Service sits under the umbrella of Victim Support and the Witness Service but is currently independently funded Sussex Young Witness Service

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4 4 YWS Yearly Statistics YWS 2012 = 297YWS 2013 = 285 (Jan-Sept) Rape/Serious Sexual Assault90Rape/Serious Sexual Assault111 Assault138Assault101 GBH11GBH2 Public Order6 17 Murder/Manslaughter9Murder4 Exposure4 3 False Imprisonment2 3 Robbery16Robbery9 Harrassment4Harassment1 Theft7 8 Burglary3 2 Possession of a firearm3Child Abduction5 Driving without due care and attention2Child Neglect/Cruelty2 Perverting the course of justice1Witness Intimidation2 Supplying a class C drug1Criminal Damage7 Other6 Breach of ASBO2

5 5 Stages of support – 5 Step process The assessment visit – (initial contact)  The preparation session(s)  Pre trial familiarisation visit to court  Support on the day of the court attendance  Post trial support

6 6 Hours of Support provided Referral received from CJU Initial contact made between YWS manager and parent/carer Volunteer assessment visit with the victim at a location of their choice. Home/School etc. Preparation sessions, focused specifically on the child’s needs Pre-trial visit Support on the day of trial – Crown Court cases can be up to 3 days On going post trial support - CICA ABE viewing 0 1/2hr 1hr (x5) 2.5hrs 1hr 45mins 6-18hrs 1.5hrs = 12-24hrs Total X 300 children = 3,600-7,200 hours of support per annum Service Delivery

7 7 Funding MoJ Victims and Witness Fund - application for 3 years funding - successful award made March 2011 £35k funding - year one £40k funding - year two £45k funding - year three Funding ends 31st March 2014 Future funding for services that sit under the umbrella of VS will be split from October 2014. The WS will be nationally commissioned with the potential for an element of services to young people. Funding for April 2014 to September 2014 is unsecured.

8 8 Service users Feedback Jessica 7 years old “When I first found out I needed to go to court I felt really scared but then Brigid made me feel comfortable” Nicola 17 years old “ It cannot change the ordeal it just made it more bearable” “Linda’s support to the whole family was invaluable. She supported us all from the start and right to the bitter end” Sophie 10 years old “Marion explained things to me very clearly and I was able to understand what was happening and why. She was very helpful and answered all my questions”

9 9 Contact Details Young Witness Service Sussex Service Delivery Manager – Clare Godfrey Office: 01273 474120 Mobile: 07507 487 642 Email: clare.godfrey@victimsupport.org.ukclare.godfrey@victimsupport.org.uk Senior Service Delivery Manager Frances Amos Office: 01273 456161 Mobile: 07903 318 816 Email: Frances.amos@victimsupport.org.uk


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