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 3: Basic Foundation Information: Communicating with Child Witnesses
Basic Foundation Information: Communicating with Child Witnesses
Effectively communicating with a child witness will be the most important basic function performed by professionals within the investigative or legal arena. Everything that is done is based upon a clear understanding of each other through communication.
Topics discussed in this chapter are as follows:
Effectively communicating with a child witness is essential. Because of the importance of this issue, included in this segment is some very basic guidance from one of the most respected authorities on ...