Interviewing Adult Clients in Child Protection Matters: Advice for New Lawyers
Gemma E. Smyth
University of Windsor Faculty of Law
June 22, 2011
Law Society of Upper Canada Intensive in Child Protection Program, University of Windsor, June 22-25, 2011
Client interviewing is a cornerstone of lawyer-client relationships, particularly in often high-conflict child protection matters. This practical article focuses on the initial interview of adult clients involved in child protection matters. Part I sets out the social context of interviewing caregivers. Part II describes the theories of client-centred and engaged client-centred lawyering employed throughout the paper. Given the context and theory, Part III sets out four key stages of interviewing that may prove difficult for new lawyers: rapport-building, fact gathering, reality checking and concluding.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: child protection, interviewing, new lawyers, caregivers, child protective proceedings, representing parents
Date posted: July 14, 2011
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