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Court Skills and Reporting for Family Court


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Course details:

Pre requisites for attending the course - Effective recording and report writing.

DateTimeVenueTrainerTarget group
14th & 15th September 2021 9:30am - 4:30pm Coed Pella Bond Solon Targeted Services – All services

Target Group - Children’s Social Workers in first three years of practice or those requiring a refresher in Family Court procedures.


Course aims and objectives:

Day 1


Aims:

Understand the expectations from the court and the lawyers from a  social worker’s statement

Be able to produce statements & reports that are court-compliant and that can withstand the rigours of  cross-examination

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identifying the issues to be addressed in your statement/ report
  • How to apply a structured approach to the preparation and drafting of a court statement & care plan
  • Expressing a fair and balanced view which is child focussed to justify and support  your conclusion
  • Relying on supporting information /evidence to support your case
  • Developing an objective and critical eye in relation to your statement/report
  • Insulating yourself against cross-examination
  • Compliance with procedural requirements

Day 2


Aims:

  • To provide social workers with the opportunity to develop their court skills and confidence.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How the court process works
  • To examine the different roles of those within the courtroom understanding who does what, when, why and how
  • How to present well as a witness in court e.g. forms of address in the different courts, procedures adopted in court and the personal preparation for attending court
  • How to give evidence confidently in court e.g. process and practice, methods of presenting information, making sure evidence is understood and explaining your recommendation, accuracy and completeness of statements
  • Responding well to questions from solicitors, preparing for cross examination
  • Examine the anxieties and fears felt by professional witnesses in them.

For further information, or if you have booked a place on the course and have not received notification to attend please contact the Workforce Development & Learning Administrative Team. Please do not turn up to any course unless you have received notification of your place as the event may be fully booked.

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