Counsellors need more support to ensure they feel able to give victims of sexual
abuse pre-trial counselling, experts will say at an event at The University of
Manchester on July 8.
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Peter Jenkins, a Senior Lecturer in Counselling at The
University of Manchester and St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre’s
counselling team, say vulnerable witnesses are at risk of not getting the care
they need before giving evidence.
Counselling, however, will improve their overall
well-being. The team hope the event will give counsellors greater
confidence in working with clients therapeutically before a trial takes
It will bring together some key players - including
police officers - to think about how best to improve knowledge and develop good
practice. The lecturer plans to conduct research, into official
guidance and the extent to which pre-trial counselling is made available to
victims of alleged rape and sexual assault.