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This a one-day course designed to provide social workers with a good working knowledge of all the different aspects of family law as well as the legal system of England and Wales The course is conducted in a dynamic, informal and accessible way. Delegates are encouraged to participate in group discussions, share experiences and ask questions at any time The course adheres to the requirements set out in the Department for Education’s “Post-qualifying standard: knowledge and skills statement for child and family practitioners” (KSS) and within the Professional Capabilities Framework of the British Association of Social Workers

Who is Family Law and the Legal System aimed at?

The course is designed for a wide range of social workers – from those newly qualified to those with some experience but wishing to improve their range of knowledge of the family justice system

Course Length

1 Day

Learning Outcomes

Delegates will learn, in a supportive and dynamic environment:

  • The source of law – statutes and the common law system
  • The different types of court and the principles they employ
  • The practice and procedure of the courts
  • Who the lawyers and judges are and the rules and ethics that bind them
  • How the legal system operates with particular regard to:-
  • Disputes between parents in private law cases
  • Divorce
  • Child protection and local authority responsibilities
  • Adoption
  • Wardship
  • Youth offending
  • Personal protection
  • Child age assessments
  • The role and responsibilities of social workers within the family law system

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