Working with Children – Tips for Paralegals

By: Timap for Justice,

Legal aid providers or paralegals who offer justice services to children face special challenges related to their clients’ development status and evolving capacities. Children are, by definition, physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally immature. New understandings of children’s cognitive limitations have important implications for how the law treats children and for how to provide child-friendly legal aid.
This tool provides practical tips for legal aid providers interacting with children, including best practices for counseling children, a checklist for interviewing children, and effective advocacy techniques.

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