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Safeguarders Written Answer, 05/05/09 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Rhoda Grant's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Executive for what reason children involved with the criminal justice system as victims or witnesses are not allocated safeguarders as they would under the children’s hearing system.

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, replied that the option to appoint a safeguarder is only available for children who are referred to a Children’s Hearing.

Where children are called as witnesses in court proceedings a number of measures can be used in the court to provide for their support and protection. All child witnesses are also entitled to the measures provided for in the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004. As child victims and child prosecution witnesses they will also be referred to the Victim Information and Advice service of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answers Report 4 - 8 May 2009 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answers Report 4 - 8 May 2009