Court Skills Training - Care Proceedings and Fact Finding Hearings

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Court Skills Training - Care Proceedings and Fact Finding Hearings
Friday 8 March 2024, 9:15-16:15 GMT
Holiday Inn Bloomsbury

Course Director: Sharon Mudhar, Deputy Trust Solicitor and Head of Education for Legal, GOSH

Event overview:

This one-day Court Skills Training Course will provide a detailed insight into Care Proceedings and Fact-Finding Hearings, including an overview of the Children Act 1989, and the role of the Local Authority and the NHS in Child Protection cases.

There will be a focus on the key legal principles including the Court process, and the statement writing exercise will strengthen good practice for writing professional evidence.

The course will conclude with a mock trial which will allow you to apply the knowledge and techniques you have learnt, giving you the skills and confidence you need to give evidence in Court.
With thanks to guest speakers from New Court Chambers

Learning outcomes:

  • Overview of the Children Act 1989 and your duty to safeguard children.
  • Understand the key legal aspects including the Local Authority’s statutory obligations and your contribution to Child Protection from an NHS perspective.
  • Discover the key principles concerning Care Proceedings, including Legal Threshold and significant harm.
  • Practical insights into the Court process and understanding your role as a professional witness.
  • Take part in a statement writing exercise to acquire techniques for excellent written evidence.
  • Experience a Mock Trial with reputable Family Law barristers, including participation in cross-examination.
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and techniques for delivering high-quality evidence in Court Proceedings.


The course programme is attached

Who should attend?

Consultants, Junior Doctors, Senior Nurses, ACPs and Safeguarding Service

Event pricing:

GOSH Staff: £225
External Delegates: £400
Includes lunch and refreshments

GOSH staff can either a) pay via debit/credit card (if they plan to self-fund their ticket or apply to the study leave fund for a reimbursement) or b) apply to the study leave fund to directly cover the cost of their ticket (where applicable). Those applying via route b do not need to complete the registration form on this page. Please submit your study leave funding application and when approved the GLA Events Management Team will manually register you for the course. Please email if you require assistance.


Please note that tickets will remain on sale until Thursday 7 March 2024, 9:00am

Two fictional case studies are being sent to delegates to read ahead of the course. If you book a ticket close to the event date, please ensure you have time to read these in advance. 
Please note this event is not being recorded and will not be available to view after the event.


Cancellation policy: 

Delegates are entitled to a full refund if they cancel their place more than 14 days before an event. All cancellation requests must be provided in writing to Personal arrangements including travel, accommodation or hospitality relating to the event which have been arranged by you are at your own risk. The GLA shall not be liable for the cost of these arrangements if you cancel your place at an event or if the event is cancelled or postponed by the GLA.

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