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Court Work Skills for Social Workers

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Course Types
Training Event (face to face)

In order to make decisions regarding the steps that should be taken to secure the safety and well-being of a particular child, practitioners need a sound understanding of the law as it pertains to children, particularly that which governs the Family Courts. This course offers an introduction to the main principles, orders and legal processes that relate to children including the Children Act 1989 and the Adoption and Children Act 2002. Communicating effectively within this context is also crucial and this course provides an opportunity to practice oral evidence giving in a safe and supportive environment.


Start Date
Thursday 23 June 2022
End Date
Thursday 23 June 2022
09:30 - 13:00
Number of Sessions
Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of ‘significant harm’ and the ‘threshold criteria’

  • identify the range of Orders available in child protection and their application within the court

  • demonstrate an understanding of the law relating to adoption and permanency planning, particularly the Adoption and Children Act 2002

  • explain the significance of case law and its importance for the legal process

  • describe how to prepare for a hearing

  • recognise how to conduct yourself around the court room

  • demonstrate skills in giving evidence in a confident manner, using clear and simple language

  • practice how to avoid pitfalls and withstand cross-examination

Additional information
Please note: You will get more out of the training if you read the attached mock hearing papers beforehand, so please treat them as you would any confidential material.
Target Audience
Children's Services (B&HCC) / Social Workers
target audience
Course pre-requisites
Brighton Town Hall - Volks Room , Bartholomew Square
Event Trainers
Trainer Crown Office Row / Susan Pierce
Pricing Bands
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