Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-14-2011

Publication Title

Law Society of Upper Canada Intensive in Child Protection Program

First Page

1

Last Page

17

Keywords

child protection, interviewing, new lawyers, caregivers, child protective proceedings, representing parents

Abstract

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.

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