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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.

The Court Educator, Lawyer, and Therapist
The court educator, lawyer, and therapist

Most people (adults and children) will indicate that they do not want to go to court to testify. This is a common and expected reaction by most witnesses. Facing the defendant and talking about what happened is one of the most frequently stated reasons for not wanting to testify in court. Fear of making a mistake, or appearing foolish in public, are other common, but less frequently stated reasons that people dread testifying in court. When a child witness expresses or exhibits more than a usual level of fear, anxiety, or stress about facing a defendant in a courtroom, or about going to court in general, the case lawyer should be alerted immediately. It ...

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