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Interviewing Children - the steps to success - Online CPD

Interviewing Children - the steps to success -  Online CPD
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Package includes:

Online CPD Module  l  Booklet  l  PowerPoint Presentation

Package Fee (incl GST)

  • $149 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $179 - Non-members

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Online CPD Module

Presentation time: 90 minutes

Effectively interviewing child clients is vital to your work as lawyer for child. The primary focus of this module is to constructively assist lawyers, who are not specifically trained to deal with children, with how best to obtain their child client’s views.
This module will highlight the four key factors to keep in mind when interviewing your child client.
The successful integration of these factors:

  • the child
  • the topic under discussion
  • the questions to use and
  • the interview context.
These key factors will effectively support you with your interviewing skills.
The presenters will use practical examples drawn from real experience to highlight key issues from both the legal and psychological perspective.

Learning objectives

After this module you will be able to:
  • Understand the four key factors to consider when interviewing children.
  • Learn how to effectively structure questions.
  • Recognise how to develop rapport for effective communication.

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Authors: Chris Fogarty, Dr Rachel Zajac
Published: 27 July 2015 
Pages: 36


Anyone who has ever asked a child “what did you do at school today?” knows that eliciting information from children can be a challenging exercise. In the legal context—where the stakes are invariably high—the pressure is on to elicit detailed, specific, and accurate information that will effectively inform legal decisions.

How, then, should we obtain this information in our professional dealings with children? In this paper, we answer this question from two distinct viewpoints.

First, we outline the consensus view from several decades of scientific research into children’s memory and narrative development.

Second, we consider the perspective of an experienced Family Court lawyer.

At the conjunction of these two viewpoints, we hope that you will find interview approaches that are both evidence-based and practical.

PowerPoint Presentation

These are the slides included in the presentation.
Number of Slides: 31

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Interviewing Children - the steps to success - Online CPD

Publication Date: 28-Jul-2015

Authors: Chris Fogarty, Dr Rachel Zajac

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