Children have a higher level of sensitivity due to their fragile physical and psychological structure which leads them to react and express emotions differently than adults. LDHR was aware of the importance of qualifying a specialized cohort in documenting torture and sexual violence committed specifically against children. The cohort was well trained as well on the appropriate way of interacting and treating children, including how to obtain the child as well as the parents’ or legal guardians’ informed consent
6 medical experts were qualified as documenters for child cases (including one psychiatrist and another psychologist) in addition to one lawyer as a legal consultant.
The training course was conducted in three theoretical weeks, including simulated cases, over the course of six months in Gaziantep and Istanbul, Turkey.
The targeted audience were all physicians and lawyers because documentation, according to international standards, requires vast knowledge and experience in the legal and medical fields
The “Medical and Legal Documentation Training for Child Cases” aims to qualify new cohorts of legal and medical experts in documenting physical and psychological signs and symptoms of torture and sexual violence specifically regarding children.