Child Witness Support Program
The Child Witness Support Program provides support for children and young people who are required to give evidence in criminal courts, either as victims of, or witnesses to, a crime.
Child Witness Support Volunteers are unbiased, trained, experienced and court approved. They provide information to the child/young person and his/her caregiver(s) about court proceedings and prepare the child/young person for the court process.
If you would like to know more about being a Child Witness Support Volunteer please refer to our "Volunteers" page.
External Service Providers
PACT has established a range of referral pathways with external providers, such as Counsellors, to ensure families are provided with the most appropriate services.
Please click here for a list of the Queensland Service Providers.
PACT makes representation to Government and other Agencies on behalf of children and young people.
PACT has established evidence-based feedback mechanisms with key stakeholders to facilitate improvements in the treatment of children and young people.
PACT participates in Child Protection Forums and other awareness raising activities in order to provide feedback on the experience of children and young people in the court process.
PACT identifies barriers to successfully protecting children in the court system and participates in key policy and research development forums relevant to child protection.
How to Access PACT Services
Referrals are generally received from the Queensland Police Service or the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. However, teachers, community organisations and families may also refer children, with the family's consent. Once the referral is received, the PACT Volunteer Coordinator allocates the case to a specific Child Witness Support Volunteer, based on the geographic location of the child and the complexity of the case. The Volunteer then contacts the family to arrange a face-to-face visit to provide details of the Court process and what is likely to happen when the child is required to give evidence.
Please click here to download the PACT Referral Form