Children and the Law: The Essential Readings
August 2001, ©2001, Wiley-Blackwell
Part I: Child Victimization.
Part II: Reliability of Children's Accounts.
Part III: Truth and Lies.
Part IV: Children and the Legal System.
Part V: Children as Perpetrators.
- Brings together key papers on child development and the law.
- Helps readers understand how to assist children to give truthful accounts.
- Examines how children can best be accommodated in our legal systems.
- Makes the link between child victimisation and children who go on to commit crime.
Children and the Law: The Essential Readings is edited by Ray Bull, one of the United Kingdom's foremost and pioneering forensic psychologists. This book offers a thought provoking collection of papers to illustrate the difficulties and misunderstandings that can easily arise when children's lives and experiences collide with the requirements of the law. The five parts of the book cover the victimization of children, child witnesses' reliability and credibility, children's understanding of deception, their performance in the legal system, and their position as perpetrators of crimes. Children and the Law contains an outstanding collection of original papers and summary articles by internationally recognised contributors which will challenge students and researchers in both law and the social sciences to consider their own perspectives and methodologies. Those left eager for more are given suggested further readings and reflections by the editor rooted in his personal experiences. Helen Westcott, Open University
"An ideal teaching and study resource. The papers should be of value to anyone who wants to learn more about children and the courts; practising professionals and laypersons alike. It goes without saying that the volume would be of value to students of psychology, child welfare, and law." Bob Duckett, Reference Reviews, Vol 16, 2002
"An enlightening read and one to be commended." Peggy Ray, Family Law, March 2002.