Children in legal proceedings may face with very different professionals and can be involved in repeated conversations with these specialists. In the course we seek answers to the questions what the professionals could do that justice system would be more child-friendly?
In the beginning of the course we explore more closely how justice system works regarding children and who can be involved in it. Also the principles regarding the best interests of a child will be discussed along with how and who should assess the best interests. Finally, the core principles of child-friendly investigative interviewing are covered.
The practical part of the course will include brief seminars on what how the assessment of the best interests of the child should be done by different professionals and how to support the child in different stages of proceedings. Also group works will be done to practice the observation skills in assessing the child’s welfare and making conclusions about it. In addition, we will visit a local police station where forensic interviews with the children take place and also a local Children’s house (Barnahus) where children are also interviewed. Homework is related to specifics of children in legal system in each student’s country of origin or choice.