Advice by the Crown Prosecution Service on the decision whether witnesses receive counselling has been available since 2001. The guidance: “Provision of therapy for Vulnerable or Intimidated Adult Witnesses prior to a criminal trial” and “Provision of therapy for Child Witnesses prior to a criminal trial”, was endorsed by the Home Office, Department of Health and the Attorney-General’s Office and is available on the CPS website at:
Whether a victim or witness should receive therapy before a criminal trial is not a decision for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Such decisions can only be taken by the victim or witness or his or her carer, in conjunction with the professionals from the agencies providing a service to the victim or witness or with responsibility for the victim or witness’s welfare. The best interests of the victim or witness, whether an adult or child, are paramount in decisions about the provision of therapy before the criminal trial.