Preparing Children for Court and its accompanying workbooks will aid social workers, court educators, victim/witness specialists, law enforcement, therapists, and attorneys help children enter the justice system, understand the necessary elements of court rules and structure, and feel confident enough to testify truthfully. Finding Your Way This brief-easy-to-understand book explains what happens when a child discloses abuse and how various systems may respond to this disclosure, from investigation through prosecution or juvenile court involvement to therapy. Getting Ready for Court: Criminal Court Edition A fun, friendly first step in helping prepare primary-aged children to testify in criminal cases involving abuse. Getting Ready for court: Civil court Edition This child-friendly book is a first step in helping prepare primary aged children to testify in civil cases involving abuse.
Chapter 2: Preparing to Perform Duties and Functions
Preparing to Perform Duties and Functions
There are some difficult issues a court educator or lawyer will likely encounter when working with child witnesses and their families. The purpose of this chapter is to suggest some approaches that could help address some of the more frequently encountered difficulties or dilemmas. Each community will need to decide how it will respond to the many problems encountered. Another consideration for community professionals working with child witnesses is that of deciding who is in the best position to respond to these identified problems. This book suggests that there is a need to be prepared to respond to a variety of situations that occur on occasion.
Topics discussed in this chapter are as follows: