Helping Child Witnesses

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Communications experts use an array of dolls and toys to help vulnerable children give evidence when interviewed by police and at trial. Here you see a hand-knitted police doll and a judge.  Helping child witnesses ‘One girl gave evidence with a hamster on her lap’

In the playroom, perched high above suburban rooftops, it feels as if you’re sailing in a sturdy little boat. Outside, beyond the fields, the sea is a strip of hazy grey-blue that glows silver where it meets the sky. Here on the floor is the scattered residue of a child at play: plastic tractors and fire engines spilling from a big red box, half-done puzzles, doll’s house furniture left awry. On a shelf sit the smiling knitted figures of a policeman and circuit judge, the details meticulously rendered, right down to the judge’s red sash and purple-trimmed robes.

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The policeman/bobby, a Jean Greenhowe design

 

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