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Being a witness: Helping people with learning disabilities who go to court: A guide for carers


1. Introduction

If you care for someone with a learning disability who has been asked to be a witness and needs to go to court, you may be unsure about what you can do to help them.

This booklet covers how to help adult witnesses with learning disabilities who have been asked to be a witness in a criminal court case or at a children's hearing court case. An adult witness is someone aged 16 or over.

It contains information that informal carers, care workers and advocacy or other staff may find useful before, during and after the court case.

big signpost graphicThis booklet is not for supporters (one of the special measures for particularly vulnerable witnesses) though it offers some information about whether and when it might be appropriate for carers to act as supporters in court.

There is a separate booklet for adults with learning disabilities called I am a witness in court. It can be read alongside this booklet.

Look out for this symbol. It will tell you where to get more information. Details of all the publications, organisations and sources of help mentioned in the booklet are listed in section 8 Where to get more information.