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The Child Interview - Giving Children a Voice 

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Dr. Robinson's "Child's Story Box" stands as a pioneering assessment tool designed to ensure the voices of children are heard and their best interests are served during legal proceedings. This innovative tool provides a structured and supportive framework for interviewing children, allowing them to express their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a safe and confidential environment. By incorporating elements such as age-appropriate communication techniques, sensory aids, and visual prompts, the "Child's Story Box" enables children to articulate their perspectives effectively, even in complex or sensitive situations. Through its use, Dr. Robinson empowers legal professionals, social workers, and other stakeholders to gather comprehensive and reliable information while prioritising the well-being and rights of the child. The "Child's Story Box" represents a significant advancement in child-centered approaches to assessment, fostering greater understanding, empathy, and advocacy for children's rights and needs within the legal system.

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Ensuring the best interests of children and prioritising their voices in legal proceedings are paramount for promoting their well-being and safeguarding their rights. Recognising children as individuals with unique perspectives, experiences, and needs is essential in decision-making processes that impact their lives. By actively listening to children and valuing their input, legal professionals and decision-makers can gain valuable insights into their circumstances, preferences, and wishes. Upholding the principle of the child's best interests requires considering various factors such as their safety, physical and emotional needs, relationships, cultural background, and developmental stage. Incorporating the voice of the child in legal proceedings not only fulfills their right to participation and expression but also contributes to more informed and equitable outcomes. Ultimately, centering legal processes around the best interests and voices of children promotes justice, dignity, and respect for their rights as individuals within the legal system.

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