Victims Services

Victims Access Line 1800 633 063, Aboriginal Contact Line 1800 019 123 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)

Child Sexual Offence Evidence Program

The Child Sexual Offence Evidence Program aims to reduce the stress and trauma experienced by children and young people who are victims and prosecution witnesses in sexual offence cases.

The program makes the criminal justice process easier for children​ by pre-recording their evidence and providing witness intermediaries to assist them during police interview and at court.

It operates in Sydney and Newcastle District Courts, and Central Metropolitan, South West Metropolitan and Hunter Child Abuse Units.

What does Victims Services do?

Victims Services maintains the panel of witness intermediaries, including their training and accreditation.

We also assist with organising the communication assessment of child victims and prosecution witnesses in sexual offence cases. When the police or courts require a witness intermediary, we match the request with someone who has the appropriate skill set and qualifications to assist with the communication issues identified.

​​​​What is a witness intermediary?

A witness intermediary is an accredited professional from one of five primary disciplines - speech pathology, social work, psychology, teaching or occupational therapy.

They are independent and impartial officers of the Court whose role is to assess the communication needs of child victims and prosecution witnesses - and inform police and the court of the best ways to communicate with them.

Who has access to a witness intermediary?

Witness intermediaries may be requested to assist with a police interview for children under 18 years of age.

In court, witness intermediaries are appointed by the Judge for all children under 16 years of age. For people 16 to 18 years old with communication difficulties, a witness intermediary may be appointed by the Judge or upon request.

Further information

If you would like further information:

Phone

1800 633 063 (option 6)

Email

csoep@dcj.nsw.gov.au

Last updated:

18 Aug 2021

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