November 16, 2017

Child Witnesses in Abuse Cases

JULY 1985

BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Bar Association approves the "Guidelines for the Fair Treatment of Child Witnesses in Cases Where Child Abuse Is Alleged":

A TEAM APPROACH

1. A multidisciplinary team involving the prosecutor, police and social services resource personnel should be utilized in the investigation and prosecution of cases where a child is alleged to be a victim or witness to abuse in order to reduce the number of times that a child is called upon to recite the events involved in the case as well as to create a feeling of trust and confidence in the child.