Youth support after a violent incident

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0079
Question By: 
Siân Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What support or aftercare does the Metropolitan Police Service help to provide for young witnesses of violent crimes in London?

Answer

Answer for Youth support after a violent incident

Answer for Youth support after a violent incident

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS has a shared responsibility alongside other criminal justice partners for supporting young people as victims and witnesses. Young people are defined as vulnerable under the Witness Charter and are entitled to special measures to meet their needs both during police interview and in court.

Specialist MPS officers dealing with young victims and witnesses of violent crime are specially trained to work with children and will also refer young people to appropriate support services.

Officers work with partners through multi-agency risk assessment conferences to support young witnesses of violent crime particularly linked to knife injuries and domestic abuse. All witnesses going to court are supported by the officer in the case and Serious Youth Crime prevention officers from the Local Authority, as well as the court-based witness service.

We need to build their trust and confidence by creating a criminal justice service that works for and supports all victims and witnesses, which is why I am lobbying for devolution to enable the commissioning of an end-to-end, integrated victim and witness service that meets the diverse needs of Londoners, and will be working with partners to develop further specialist support services for children affected by crime.