Social workers, medical professionals, and others may be asked to testify in court in cases of child abuse and neglect.
Myers & Stern (2002)
In The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment (2nd ed.)
Describes how and why expert witnesses are called on to explain technical or clinical aspects of abuse to judges and juries.
The Forensic Interviewer at Trial: Guidelines for the Admission and Scope of Expert Witness Testimony Concerning an Investigative Interview in a Case of Child Abuse (PDF - 256 KB)
William Mitchell Law Review 36(1) 2010
Explores when a forensic interviewer can testify as an expert witness and, if allowed, how far the witness can go; also offers interviewers' and attorneys' suggestions for offering expert testimony as well as challenging the testimony.
Providing Expert Testimony in Child Sexual Abuse Cases
National Children's Advocacy Center (2005)
Addresses the laws governing use and admissibility of expert testimony, use and presentation of hearsay statements by witnesses, how to prepare to testify as a witness, and practical suggestions for providing testimony.
|The Role of First Responders in Child Maltreatment Cases: Disaster and Nondisaster Situations|
|Author(s):||Office on Child Abuse and Neglect
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|Year Published:||2010 - 158 pages|
|This manual is for professionals, such as emergency medical technicians, child protective services caseworkers, and law enforcement officers, who have the primary responsibility for the initial on-scene response to situations in which child abuse or neglect may have occurred. The manual describes the various types of child maltreatment and the signs that may indicate that maltreatment has occurred, provides an overview of the initial response and investigation in cases of suspected maltreatment, explains how first responders should prepare for and provide testimony in court for maltreatment cases, and outlines how first responders and their agencies can respond to child maltreatment ...|
The Witness Stand: A Guide for Clinical Social Workers in the Courtroom
Practical advice for expert witnesses in legal disputes, including how to best present results of biopsychosocial assessments. Includes information on how the courts work, legal processes and procedures, rules of evidence, conducting interviews, using visual aids in presentations, and working with lawyers.