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Children as witnesses

03 - 05 May 1988


Papers presented at this conference discuss problems associated with children as witnesses, particularly in sexual abuse cases. An underlying concern of participants is that children who must give evidence in court do not become victims for a second time through the processes of the criminal justice system. The papers throw new light on the issue and make several major recommendations aimed at improving present practices and procedures.

Conference proceedings

Gathering evidence from child witnesses

Discussion groups

The child in court

Discussion groups

The court hearing

Discussion groups

Evidential aspects

Consideration of the child witness in the Family Court

The effects on children and their fmilies