The wellbeing of victims is paramount in every investigation. Survivors of sexual offences can seek the support they need and not worry their road to recovery will have an impact on court proceedings. Balancing a victim’s right to privacy with a suspect’s right to a fair trial is a sensitive issue. That’s why we are clear that therapy notes should only be requested where relevant and how they may be used must be clearly explained from the outset. Too few victims are seeing justice done, we must rebuild confidence, so more victims are able to see the criminal justice process through.
In response to queries following the refreshed guidance, as to when the CPS will seek access to therapy notes, we are happy to be able to offer events on pre-trial therapy guidance for our stakeholders.
The event will be held virtually and will take the format of a short presentation followed by a Question and Answer session. The sessions will be led by Vicky Gleave, the Unit Head of the Rape & Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) team at the Crown Prosecution Service South West.
The presentation will explain:
- Key changes in the policy
- The Victims’ right to decide
- Reasonable lines of enquiry
- Compliance with data protection laws and disclosure
- Framework and guidance in place to ensure that requests for notes are rare and not intrusive
The dates and times for the event are:
- 6 February 2023: 11.00-12.00
- 1 March 2023: 14.00-15.00
If you are interested in attending one of the events, please register via Eventbrite:
The full Legal Guidance for Pre-Trial Therapy is available via the CPS website: Pre-Trial Therapy | The Crown Prosecution Service (cps.gov.uk)