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Intermediaries

How it works

If the child or young person is a suspect or defendant in a criminal case you can contact us directly for an intermediary. The courts have powers to appoint and fund intermediaries for vulnerable defendants in the interests of a fair trial. The police have discretion to fund intermediaries for suspect interviews.

If the child or young person’s evidence is required in family proceedings you can contact us directly for an intermediary. The courts have powers to appoint and fund intermediaries for vulnerable parties in the interests of a fair hearing.

If the child or young person is a victim or witness involved in criminal proceedings you need to contact the Specialist Operations Centre within SOCA on 0845 000 5463, or email soc@npia.pnn.police.uk. (A number of the Triangle team are also Witness Intermediaries registered with the Ministry of Justice).

All our intermediaries are trained, assessed and supervised, fully insured and have enhanced DBS (CRB) clearance. We also provide bespoke training on identifying vulnerable witnesses or defendants and adapting communication.

What we do

Triangle provides skilled intermediaries to enable communication with children and young people up to the age of 25. Triangle has a strong team of intermediaries skilled at enabling communication with young people with a wide range of needs including learning disability (low IQ), autism, brain injury, ADHD, mental health difficulties and physical disability.

What next?

Call us on 01273 305888 for an informal discussion or to make a referral. Once funding is secured Triangle will:

Carry out a communication assessment at a convenient location

Write a report containing recommendations for effective communication in subsequent proceedings

Provide communication support at court and during interviews and meetings, including with legal representatives and the probation service.

 

Feedback comments...

 

‘Please thank your intermediary for a splendid job on this case, his input and support were invaluable’ - Barrister

 

‘Very confident, client-friendly and helpful’ - Barrister

 

‘It was a testament to your experience and how you 'read' him’ - Parent

 

‘She actually talked with me as the trial went on about how much less stressful you made the whole thing for her’ - Parent

 

‘It was such a relief to have someone as a guide to how it all worked and that someone was making sure he understood what was happening and what was expected of him’ - Parent

 

‘Very clear comprehensive report by your intermediary’ – Judge

 

‘Very helpful during legal meetings’ – Barrister

 

‘Invaluable and the intermediary herself was excellent’ - Barrister

 

What we do...

Expert Opinion

We can provide single expert reports, but most of our assessments are undertaken by small multidisciplinary teams, who produce a single report with clear shared conclusions.

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Intermediaries

Triangle provides skilled intermediaries to enable communication with children and young people from age to 2 to age 25, whose evidence is needed by the police or the courts.

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Advocacy and Consultation

Triangle supports children and young people to express their views about the things that matter to them.

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Concerning Behaviour

Triangle provides a unique and flexible range of services for children and young people up to age 19 who present with sexually concerning behaviours (SCB).

 

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Training and Research

We provide training across the UK led by experienced trainers who are in direct practice with children. We also undertake research independently and in collaboration with others.

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Interviewing

We conduct investigative interviews with children for criminal, family or civil proceedings, instructed by the police, the CPS, defence solicitors and the courts.

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