Estonia, Tallinn

Multidisciplinarity in Child-Friendly Justice System

when 13 July 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 250

Children in legal proceedings may face with very different professionals and can be involved in repeated conversations with these specialists. In the course we seek answers to the questions what the professionals could do that justice system would be more child-friendly?

In the beginning of the course we explore more closely how justice system works regarding children and who can be involved in it. Also the principles regarding the best interests of a child will be discussed along with how and who should assess the best interests. Finally, the core principles of child-friendly investigative interviewing are covered.

The practical part of the course will include brief seminars on what how the assessment of the best interests of the child should be done by different professionals and how to support the child in different stages of proceedings. Also group works will be done to practice the observation skills in assessing the child’s welfare and making conclusions about it. In addition, we will visit a local police station where forensic interviews with the children take place and also a local Children’s house (Barnahus) where children are also interviewed. Homework is related to specifics of children in legal system in each student’s country of origin or choice.

Course leader

Kristjan Kask, PhD, is associate professor of legal psychology at Tallinn University, Estonia. His main interest is legal psychology, more specifically in investigative interviewing and eyewitness identification issues.

Target group

The course is designed for psychology, law, social work, child protection work, criminology, sociology students.

Course aim

To provide both theoretical and practical knowledge about factors influencing child-friendly justice; to gain experiences in planning and doing multidisciplinary cooperation ensuring the children’s best interests in any level of proceedings.

Fee info

EUR 250: Early-Bird Course Fee (until March 31, 2020). Accommodation and meas are not included.
EUR 300: Regular Course Fee (after March 31, 2020). Accommodation and meas are not included.