Training stakeholders

We train and sensitise stakeholders in the legal system – from police to prosecutors – about the specific needs of children, informing them of their legal obligations when dealing with such cases, and providing guidance on how to ensure that justice is served while preserving a sense of empathy, dignity and humanity.

Online sex offending against children

This course expands on the unit covered in the introductory courses and examines the various forms this offence takes, including the possession and distribution of child pornography, the production of child pornography, sexual solicitations, and conspiracy crimes. The topics cov...

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Frontline police and taking the statement of a child witness

This course is aimed at all frontline police in South Africa who are, in many cases, the first official to receive a report of a sexual offence committed against a child. This course aims to provide these police with the necessary information relating to the gathering of informa...

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Sex offenders who target children

This course is aimed at all role-players working with cases of sexual violence, specifically sexual violence against children. The purpose of the course is to provide participants with an understanding of the types of sex offenders and the grooming process used to gain access to...

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Detecting deception in children

This course is aimed at all role-players required to determine the truthfulness of a witness’s evidence, specifically a child witness. The purpose of this course to provide role-players with the specialized skills and knowledge needed to effectively and scientifically evaluate...

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Taking the statement of a child

This course is aimed at role-players responsible for taking a statement of crime from children and other vulnerable victims. Instruction involves intensive information and practical exercises on conducting forensic interviews. The purpose of the course is to provide role-player...

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Forensic social work report writing

This course is aimed at Forensic Social Workers who are required by role-players in court, namely judicial officer and prosecutors, to prepare forensic reports on aspects of a crime, specifically a crime of sexual violence perpetrated against a child. The purpose of the course i...

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The intermediary and the child witness

The course is aimed at intermediaries who are required to assist children in court in terms of applicable legislation. The purpose of this course is to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills to enable them to act as intermediaries....

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Women and children as victims in cases of gender-based violence

Gender-based violence against women and children has become a key topic of discussion in the international arena. Globally, the issue has given rise to substantial international conventions which have been ratified by many countries. Sensitising people about this social issue i...

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Responding to sexual violence at schools: A guide for educators

The purpose of this course is to improve the knowledge and skills of teachers who guide participants on issues relating to violence against children. New research on the impact of violence, including domestic violence, on children as well as the concept of trafficking of childre...

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Youth for change: Prevention and response to gender-based violence and human trafficking

The Child Witness institute has developed a train-the-trainer course for adolescents, the purpose of which is to provide them with the knowledge and skills to train other youth on issues of violence and exploitation and the prevention and response thereof. Once trained, these yo...

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Justice for children: an international framework

This course deals with the international framework protecting children who have to testify in court as witnesses, and provides information on the specialisation of services for these victims. This course is specifically geared towards government officials who are tasked with the...

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Breaking the silence: an introduction to trafficking

This course is aimed at all professionals dealing with cases of trafficking....

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Preparing children for court

This is a specialised training course, based on the standardized programme researched and developed by the Institute, for all role-players involved in preparing child witnesses for court....

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The judicial officer and the child witness

This is a specialised training course for judges and magistrates presiding over cases involving the testimony of child witnesses. The course content pays particular attention to child victims of sexual crimes....

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Prosecuting the child sex offender

This is a specialised training course for prosecutors working with sexual offences. The course specifically focuses on child victims of sexual abuse, but aims to provide the prosecutors with the skills to work with all child witnesses, including effective consultation and leading...

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Introducing the Child Witness

A training course aimed at introducing professionals to the dynamics involved when working with children who interface with the criminal justice system, with special emphasis on children who are victims of abuse. The course aims also to provide professionals with the specialised ...

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