When a child has witnessed a crime, they may be asked to explain what they saw to a court of law. Clearly, this can be a traumatic experience for the child. Will they know what is happening? Will they understand someone has been accused of doing something wrong and that it’s all right to “tell”? Do they even know what a court is? The Home Office wanted a series of booklets to guide children through this experience and explain the court process to any child called as a young witness. The young person could be aged between 5 and 17 years old.
Our first suggestion was to split the demographic into 5-8 year olds, 9-13 year olds and 14-17 year olds, and create different booklets for each age group. Each booklet was designed specifically for that age group, using a style, language, font, colour palette and so on to suit each age group. We also commissioned three different illustrators, matching the illustration style to the age of the readers.
The booklets are seen as a vital tool in communicating reassuring messages to children at a stressful time and are used through England. We’ve since been re-commissioned by the Home Office on other projects.