Preparing to Attend Court in Public Law cases

This course is aimed at any professionals who may need to attend the family court as part of proceedings following a public law application by a local authority. The course will provide knowledge, skills and confidence in preparing for and attending court proceedings.

By the end of the course those attending will:

  • Understand the key principles of the Children Act 1989
  • Have had an opportunity to consider the PLO process and requirements
  • Have an overview of public law and the range of orders available to a court
  • Have knowledge of the function and purpose of courts in children’s proceedings
  • Understand the role of Guardian, and have considered court structures, personnel and processes
  • Understand what a professional statement should contain and how to compile one
  • Have considered what is available as evidence
  • Have had an opportunity to consider how to compile an effective care plan (social workers only)
  • Understand their role & how to prepare to attend court
  • Understand what happens at court including giving evidence and cross examination
  • Have had an opportunity to put learning into practice through a simulated court case
  • Understand what they need in terms of support when called to give evidence at court

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