Measuring up? Evaluating implementation of Government commitments to young witnesses in criminal proceedings is the report of a major study on young witnesses by Lexicon for the Nuffield Foundation and the NSPCC. Follow the links below to read:
- The full report (2009)
- An executive summary
- Progress report on implementation of the recommendations in Measuring up? (2011)
- Good practice guidance in managing young witness cases and questioning children (2009)
- A gender-neutral body map of a child or young person and guidance notes
There has been an very positive response to the report’s findings and recommendations. A seminar for judges, magistrates and lawyers was held at the Nuffield Foundation to discuss the implications for the questioning of children and incorporating good practice in advocacy training.
Measuring up? was cited by the Supreme Court in its judgment in the case of Re W which addresses the circumstances in which children appear to give evidence in the family courts.
The NSPCC has commissioned Lexicon to update the findings of Measuring up? in 2018. The report of Measuring up? revisited will be published later this year.