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Child Protection Legal Framework

Achieving best evidence

When a criminal offence has been committed against a child and the child is considered a witness there are particular procedures that should be followed. In all cases it should be remembered that the welfare of the child is paramount and any investigation should always place the child's needs first.

Resource on Achieving Best Evidence - Guidance under review July 2023

Inherent jurisdiction

The below guidance note should be used when vulnerable children can't be protected by other means

Guidance on the use of the inherent jurisdiction (including wardship) of the High Court to protect vulnerable children