World Childhood Foundation

Childhood Brasil introduces a training guide to take special depositions from children and adolescents

NEWS São Paulo. October 21, 2014 – Childhood Brasil, in partnership with the São Paulo State Court, held a seminar entitled “Listening to children and adolescents in situations of sexual violence: guidelines for consolidating federal public policy”, on October 21 at the GADE MMD Auditorium.

At the event, Ana Maria Drummond, Childhood Brasil’s Executive Director, announced the launch of the Reference Guide to Take Special Depositions from Children and Adolescents in Situations of Sexual Violence: Theoretical and Methodological Aspects, which will be an invaluable tool for training the many types of professionals who interview children in special deposition rooms.

Special deposition rooms bring a sense of welcome relief to children. The protected setting helps make relating the situations they’ve been through to be less traumatic. During the listening process, the presence of a trained professional is essential to a successful forensic interview. In addition to the damage already experienced, a child can undergo tremendous psychological stress if the interview fails to consider the subject’s unique phase of development. Special deposition procedures have already been adopted in 28 countries, while in Brazil approximately 100 rooms are now outfitted for this type of interview. São Paulo currently has 24 special deposition rooms.

“The Reference Guide to Take Special Depositions from Children and Adolescents is a landmark publication to help train the professionals who listen to the children. We’re extremely proud of the results of our work, which has involved dozens of experts during two years of research and dedication”, Ms. Drummond said.

To access the Reference Guide to Take Special Depositions from Children and Adolescents (in Portuguese only), please visit www.childhood.org.br/