Intermediaries facilitate communication in criminal and family proceedings

Triangle provides skilled intermediaries across the United Kingdom to enable communication with children and young people up to the age of 25. We have particular expertise with very young and traumatised children and with children and young people with learning disability, autism, brain injury, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), mental health difficulties and physical disability. We also train intermediaries.

Intermediaries facilitate communication between a witness, party, suspect or defendant and others in the justice process to ensure that communication is as complete, coherent and accurate as possible. Intermediaries are impartial and neutral; our duty is always to the court.

If the child or young person is a suspect or defendant in a criminal case you can contact us directly for an intermediary assessment. The Legal Aid Agency funds assessments and 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. Who needs an intermediary and who decides? (Suspects and Defendants)

If the child or young person’s evidence is required in family proceedings you can contact us directly for an intermediary assessment. The courts have powers to appoint and fund intermediaries for vulnerable parties in the interests of a fair hearing. We can also undertake investigative interviews or pre-recorded cross examination with young people for family proceedings. Who needs an intermediary and who decides? (Family Proceedings)

If the child or young person is a victim or prosecution 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. (15 of the Triangle team are also Witness Intermediaries registered with the Ministry of Justice). Who needs an intermediary and who decides? (Witnesses)

If the child or young person is a defence witness involved in criminal proceedings you can contact us directly for an intermediary. We can also undertake forensic interviews with defence witnesses. Who needs an intermediary and who decides? (Witnesses)

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.

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