Child Victims in Canada’s Justice System is a thoroughly researched resource that will be useful for anyone working with or establishing public policy with respect to children who have experienced sexual abuse. A reference document, a training tool, and a guide for developing policies and procedures, it will be beneficial to child protection workers, police officers, Crown Attorneys, lawyers, judges, physicians, elementary and secondary school teachers, college and university professors, childcare workers, mental health clinicians, victims’ advocates, public health personnel, and government policy makers. It is a valuable guide for communities wishing to better prevent and detect crimes against children, build victim assistance programs and child advocacy centres, and ensure effective response and treatment systems for children. Child Victims in Canada’s Justice System responds to public concern regarding crimes against children, the role of the judiciary, and the rights of child victims.
“Reynolds, Hughes, and Beniuk have produced an important work. A well-written and meticulously researched book that will be a very useful primer and resource piece for lawyers and others in the justice system working with abused children.” — Sam Sorbara, Managing Partner, Sorbara Law
“A comprehensive, practical, and invaluable guide for lawyers entrusted with supporting and assisting child victims in navigating the judicial system.” — Bill Wilson, Crown Attorney (retired), Waterloo Region
“Child Victims in Canada’s Justice System is a practical guide for professionals working with child and youth victims of crime. Whether you work in the social service or justice system, this practical step-by-step guide is a must read.” — Karen Spencer, Executive Director, Family and Children Services of Waterloo Region
“A relevant and accessible resource for anyone who wishes to understand the specificity of the needs of child witnesses in the judicial system.” — Ginette Lafrenière, MA, MSW, PhD; Director, Social Innovation Research Group (SIRG); Associate Professor, Lyle S Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University