Giving evidence in court – a young person’s perspective

In 2013-14 ChildLine dealt with 1,199 counselling sessions where the young person required support or advice about attending court or needed support with their legal rights. This was an 11% year on year increase. One girl who gave evidence told the NSPCC:

“I want to die. I have to give evidence in a trial against someone. I don’t want to go as I’m worried they will be able to get to me afterwards. I know I have to be there in person and it’s the only way, but I just can’t cope. I feel trapped and like there is only one way out.” (ChildLine, Female, 16-18)

NSPCC Order in Court campaign