n SA Crime Quarterly - Oiling the wheels of justice? The RAPCAN Child Witness Project




Child court preparation services play a key role in sexual offences courts. These services enhance the ability of child witnesses to testify. This is largely because they support the child, which builds the child's resilience to secondary victimisation and trauma that arise from exposure to the unempathetic systems characteristic of courts. Effective services should, however, draw on a range of disciplines. This article describes the court preparation and support provided by RAPCAN's Child Witness Project and describes the considerations that underpin the services provided.


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