Child Witness Court Preparation Program
The Child Witness Court Preparation Program is designed to provide direct assistance to the increasing number of children being called upon to testify in court proceedings. The needs of the child witnesses are primarily addressed in group settings.
Each group consists of two sessions requiring the commitment of both the child and an adult who will support the child in court. A parent/caregiver session is offered at the same time as one of the child sessions.
Court accompaniment is also available for all children and families wanting support on the day(s) of the court proceedings.
The Child Witness Court Preparation Program is structured to ensure the non-contamination of evidence. There is no disclosure or discussion of the child’s individual circumstances.
- The Child Witness Court Preparation Program is intended to serve children and youth witnesses required to testify in court who:
- are between the ages of 3-17 years
- have been abused
- have witnessed abuse or other criminal act
- participation is on a voluntary basis, child participants must have the written consent of a parent or guardian
Referrals are received from the Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre, police, Crown prosecutors, child welfare workers, therapists, teachers, parents or guardians. However, referrals from other sources may also be considered.
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