Court Support Service

Court Support Service

Sacro’s Court Support Service provides advice, support and guidance to those under the age of 18 who are attending Court.

What does the service offer?

The role of the Court Support Worker is to be an independent worker maintaining a visible presence within the Courts. They provide support, guidance and assistance to young people going through the Court process and remain as a source of support as their circumstances change.

Work with Sacro’s Court Support Service is voluntary at all stages. The specific support and follow up actions are dependent on the assessed needs of each young person and is measured in response to their circumstances and understanding of their options.  

How does the service work?

For those who have been held in custody, the Court Support Worker will visit the young person in Court in the morning and will explain and clarify the Court process, stressing the significance of attendance at all dates that are set by the Court.

The Court Support Worker can identify areas of need, signpost the young person onto partner agencies, set up initial appointments and support the young person to attend these. 

The Court Support Worker will write to or text the young person reminding them of their court dates, any actions required and continue to offer support. 

Who is the service aimed at?

The service is available to any young person under the age of 18 years attending Court.

How is the service accessed?

No referrals are required. Social workers, partner agencies, defence agents or the Procurator Fiscal's office should advise the Court Support Worker in advance of any young person attending Court to allow contact to be made at the earliest opportunity.