Law Society of Upper Canada Intensive in Child Protection Program
child protection, interviewing, new lawyers, caregivers, child protective proceedings, representing parents
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.
Smyth, Gemma E.. (2011). Interviewing Adult Clients in Child Protection Matters: Advice for New Lawyers. Law Society of Upper Canada Intensive in Child Protection Program, 1-17.