ONLINEChild Witness Court Preparation Program
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Online Web Based Child Witness Court Preparation Program was developed to respond to the needs of child witnesses who may be required to testify in court. Inadequate preparation may result in further trauma to a child and their family and may compromise the court process.
For children and teens living in rural areas or those who do not have access to formalized programs, they can either prepare themselves by using Superhero Island and Flipside websites OR arrange to be prepared individually online in real time at their convenience with an experienced facilitator.
This program represents a collaboration between Alberta Justice and Solicitor General and Public Security (Victim Services) and the Canadian Child Abuse Association.
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES BENEFIT BY
Having access to skilled and experienced court preparation facilitators on a long distance basis.
Being able to arrange sessions at convenient times.
Having the opportunity to use both real time preparation sessions (synchronous) and website practice opportunities (asynchronous).
The program and websites are FREE.
Our facilitators are carefully chosen for their ability to work with kids who have experienced trauma. Many are, or have been, duly appointed child welfare workers for the province of Alberta. This ensures that workers are well trained in the importance of preserving a clean, uncontaminated investigation.