Where we are up to
This initiative has been included as one of three priority actions for the Child Witness Service (CWS) in the Victim Services, Support and Reform 2020-21 Business Plan.
The CWS will work with the Victims Assistance Program's Aboriginal Support Workers and the Koori Justice Unit (KJU) to engage with Aboriginal communities to design a culturally safe service response for Aboriginal child witnesses.
There will be an initial focus on planning and the development of resources.
The Child Witness Service is a program within the Department of Justice and Community Safety, designed to assist children and young people who are called to provide evidence at Court about a violent crime. It provides children and young people the opportunity to give evidence from a remote witness room, rather than in person in the Court setting. The program operates at all Courts across Victoria and it is independent from police and prosecutions.