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NCJ Number: 153281 Find in a Library
Title: Children's Court Awareness Program
Author(s): D Belin; D Doane
Corporate Author: King Cty Superior Court
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 67
Sponsoring Agency: King Cty Superior Court
Seattle, WA 98104
Sale Source: King Cty Superior Court
King Cty Courthouse
516 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
United States of America
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A teaching manual presents guidelines for establishing a Kids' Court program, with the content based on King County's (Washington State) experience in planning and conducting Kids' Court sessions since 1989; a video portrays how the King County Kids' Court program teaches prospective child witnesses about how to deal with the experience of testifying in court.
Abstract: The program described in this manual emphasizes kids understanding the courtroom process and personnel, allowing children to express their feelings, and strengthening each child's ability to cope with the feelings of fear and anxiety. Parents are included in the Kids' Court program. Parents or guardians attend a concurrent educational session that addresses their special needs. Kids' Court consists of concurrent sessions for younger children (ages 4-7), older children (ages 8-12), and parents/guardians. Content for each session is outlined in this manual and includes objectives, activities, materials, and process and special notes to the instructor. The length of time of each section is noted. The curriculum presented covers the children's curriculum and parent/guardian curriculum. The video portrays various sessions of the Kids' Court in Kings County, including the statements to prospective child witnesses by a judge and prosecutor, as well as techniques taught for dealing with anxiety about the court experience.
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Courts; Juvenile witnesses; Washington; Witness assistance
Note: VHS cassette included
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