ABOUT THE 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.


CORE SESSION 1

  • Exploration of fears and anxieties
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Court roles and protocols
  • Court process and outcomes
  • Memory strategies
  • Role plays using a fictional story

CORE SESSION 2

  • Courtroom tour
    • Main courtroom
    • CCTV room
  • Mock trial using a fictional story

WHO MAY REFER

  • Referrals are received from the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, police, Crown prosecutors, child welfare workers, therapists, teachers, parents or guardians. However, referrals from other sources may also be considered. For further information, or to refer a child to the Child Witness Court Preparation Program, please call 403-289-8385, email at aliceg@ccaa.org, or fax at 403-254-2684.

COURT PREP DATES

If these dates don’t work for you please call Alice at 403-289-8385. We will try to arrange an individual session for your child with one of our facilitators.

LOCATION & MAP

  • Session 1 - Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre Open Google Map - 400, 3820 - 24th Avenue NW

  • Session 2 - Courthouse Open Google Map - 601 - 5th St. SW (11th Floor - Room 1108)


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Contact CCAA

  • Address: P.O. Box 42066
    Acadia Postal Outlet Calgary, AB T2J 7A6

  • Phone: 1 (403) 289-8385

  • Email: aliceg@ccaa.org

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