The Handbook for Child Protection Protection Practice presents a comprehensive and critical portrait of the phenomenon of neglect. Drawing on theory, research and clinical practice experience, the contributors cover issues facing social workers. They provide a view of child neglect which moves beyond the current child welfare focus on parental omissions in care. Organized in question and answer format, topics covered include: engaging with the client; initial assessments for factors such as neglect and physical and sexual abuse; how to assess the family; interventions with various different emphases; and safeguarding the social workers well-being: legally, physically and mentally.
Chapter 114: How Do I Feel Comfortable Testifying in Court?
How Do I Feel Comfortable Testifying in Court?
Once the investigation is complete, it is possible that the caseworker will be called to court to testify about the work he or she has done. Even if the work accomplished is of the highest professional quality, it may be severely compromised if the caseworker fails to adequately explain it in a courtroom. Decisions will be made based on the court's understanding of what was done and why; if the caseworker fails to clearly articulate his or her findings and opinions, disheartening decisions can be made.
Therefore, the caseworker must develop skills at testifying in court. The following are some basic rules that should guide all courtroom work:
- Understand the purpose of ...