Communicating with children in court: a useful guide in child protection
Ó Súilleabháin, Fiachra
IDEA Project, University College Cork
If it is stressful for adults to attend court, it is doubly so for children and young people. Courts can be intimidating places and child protection cases are highly-sensitive and emotive. It can be hard to understand the language used by professionals; tensions can be high; there is a lot at stake; the physical design of court buildings can be intimidating; and professionalsâ roles can be unclear to children and parents. Professionals working in criminal and family courts often say that they feel ill-prepared to communicate with children and young people. This tool provides practical suggestions and guidance to support your practice in communicating with children in court.
Child rights , Social work , Law , Child protection , Court , Communication
Burns, K., O'Mahony, C., McAuley, C., Ó Súilleabháin, F. and O'Callaghan, E. (2019) Communicating with Children in Court: A Useful Guide in Child Protection, Cork: IDEA Project, University College Cork. Available online: https://ideachildrights.ucc.ie/resources_page/tools-page/
Version 1 (2019). © Burns, O’Mahony, McAuley, Ó’Súilleabháin and O’Callaghan. Permission is granted to make copies.