John and the Ball
John and the Ball is designed to help adults to explore young childen's understanding of truth and lies, which is a requirement for interviews undertaken with Achieving Best Evidence guidance. The booklet is an illustrated version of one of the examples given in the guidance.
Using this book
We recommend that you avoid using the word 'story' and simply say "this is about what happened with John and the ball". Some children will want to read the words or look at the pictures, others will want you to read the words to them. The book deliberately ends with John tell the lie and in developing the book we found that this often prompts children to spontaneously comment on lying and truth telling. You can then use the child's own words to explore their understanding of truth and lies. If the child does not spontaneously comment, you can prompt this non-verbally with a facial expression and shrugging. If necessary you can directly ask "what has John done?" or, as a last resort, you can ask "did John tell the truth or a lie?"Free Download