A comprehensive, modular, assessed, evidence based training programme that enables professionals to undertake developmentally appropriate questioning of children and young people (victims, witnesses or defendants) for legal purposes.

Designed for barristers, solicitors, police officers, social workers, guardians, intermediaries, interviewers, magistrates, judges, researchers and psychologists. Elements of the programme can also be commissioned for local delivery. Developed and delivered by experienced intemediaries, interviewers and barristers.

Two hour Twilight session:

Questioning Children for Legal Purposes

Open access

2 hours

  • The essentials about adapting communication to each child or young person’s needs
  • How to know when you need help and how to get it

Price

£40 + VAT

One Day Introductory level:

Questioning Children for Legal Purposes

Open access

1 day

  • The essentials about adapting communication to each child or young person’s needs
  • How to know when you need help and how to get it
  • Introduction to children’s communication development including arousal and attention, receptive and expressive language,
  • working memory, vocabulary, grammar and non-verbal communication
  • An overview of communication impairments
  • An introduction to children’s understanding of truth and lies, time and number, source monitoring and comprehension monitoring
  • The basics of developmentally appropriate questioning

Optional assessment exam at end of day to consolidate and confirm learning

Price

£95 + VAT

Three Day Foundation level:

Questioning Children for Legal Purposes

Requires a working knowledge of the process of cross examination and/or of Achieving Best Evidence guidance

3 days (NB includes introductory level day as above)

  • The essentials about adapting communication to each child or young person’s needs
  • How to know when you need help and how to get it
  • Introduction to children’s communication development including arousal and attention, receptive and expressive language, working memory, vocabulary, grammar and non-verbal communication
  • An overview of communication impairments
  • An introduction to children’s understanding of truth and lies, time and number, source monitoring and comprehension monitoring
  • The basics of developmentally appropriate questioning
  • Strategies for rapid rapport building and communication assessment
  • Ways to teach communication rules including practice recall
  • Planning and preparation for interview or cross examination
  • How memory works and how memory develops
  • Exploring the child’s understanding of truth and lies, time, number and sequencing
  • Introducing the topic, separating incidents
  • Question types, asking developmentally appropriate questions
  • Overview of communication impairments and their impact on children’s ability to respond to questions
  • Testing the child’s account at interview or through cross examination

Optional assessment exam at end of course to consolidate and confirm learning

Price

£300 + VAT