Quiz: Best interests of the Child and Effective Participation
Which of these statements about the best interests of the child is correct?
a) Best interests of the child should always a primary consideration on matters relating to child suspects and accused persons.
b) The Convention on the Rights of Children provides a definition of what the best interests of the child are at various contexts.
c) Best interests of the child are the same for every child, irrespective of their age.
d) The weight given to the best interests of the child should be similar to those given to other factors when making decisions regarding child suspects and accused persons.
How should lawyers approach determining the best interests of the child?
a) If an assessment of the best interests of the child has already taken place, there is no further need to conduct the same assessment at a later stage.
b) Lawyers should not prioritise their own opinions about the child’s best interests.
c) Social services’ opinion on the child’s best interests are determinative – they should not be challenged.
d) It does not matter what children believe what their best interests are – determining the best interests of the child is the sole responsibility of lawyers, social workers, and other actors in the juvenile justice proceedings.
What should lawyers not do when helping to determine the best interests of the child?
a) Lawyers should try to establish good rapport with the child to gain good first-hand knowledge of their needs
b) Lawyers may wish to speak to the child’s parents and their school teachers to get a better understanding of their background.
c) Lawyers should draw on their basic knowledge of child psychology and child development to inform their understanding of the child’s behaviour.
d) Lawyers must ensure that the child is subject to a medical examination, irrespective of the child’s wishes.
Which of these statements about the child’s right to information is correct?
a) According to the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, children should be given detailed explanations of every aspect of their trial.
b) The child’s right to be informed about their proceedings can be satisfied by ensuring that their parents are informed.
c) The child should be informed about the procedures in an accessible, child-friendly language.
d) The child’s parents do not need to be informed about the child’s rights, if the child has already been informed.
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