Court Skills


This 2 day course aims to provide practitioners with a sound understanding of the law as it pertains to children, particularly that which governs the Family Courts, practical guidance regarding preparing written evidence and an opportunity to practice oral evidence giving in a safe and supportive environment.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of Part 1 of this course participants will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the court systems in child care cases.
  • Gain an understanding of what is required in preparing for court proceedings.
  • Gain an understanding of how to prepare a statement/chronology as part of the local authority evidence

By the end of Part 2 of this course participants will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the adversarial system in England;
  • recognise key people within the legal process;
  • explain the burden and standard of proof;
  • 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;
  • understand how to avoid pitfalls and withstand cross-examination.

NB: Day two of this course is usually delivered by our associate in conjunction with a lawyer from the local authority.