Court Familiarisation and Evidence Giving


This a two-day course designed to provide social workers with insight into the legal system together with the skills and confidence to give effective and compelling evidence in court.

How Long is the Course?

2 days

Who is the Course Aimed at?

The course is designed for a wide range of social workers, both in Childrens and Adults SC – from those newly qualified to those with court experience but wishing to improve their skills.

Learning Outcomes and Course Details 

Delegates will learn, in a supportive and dynamic environment:

  • Where law comes from
  • The court system
  • The different types of court hearings
  • Court and tribunal proceedings
  • The importance of the social workers within the court process
  • Analysis and assessments
  • The requirement of concise, evidence-based, readable reports
  • How to construct a witness statement/report
  • Lawyers – their role, duties and rules
  • Judges – their role, requirements and their decision-making process
  • The practice and procedure of the court – formalities and conventions
  • How a trial takes place
  • How to prepare for a court or tribunal hearing
  • How to present evidence in court
  • How to deal with challenging cross-examination
  • How to learn from and share experience as a witness

The course is conducted in a dynamic, informal and accessible way. Delegates are encouraged to participate in discussions, share experiences and ask questions at any time

There is a full workbook provided for each delegate, which includes all relevant materials

The first day looks at the court process and providing practical tips and advice whereas the second day is a practical “role play” day where delegates are asked, in turn, to enter a virtual “witness box” and provide oral evidence on a subject of their own choosing. This experience is then discussed and constructive criticism provided by the trainer. Later in the day, delegates return to the “witness box” and are cross-examined by the trainer. Again, this experience is discussed and reflected upon. The emphasis is very much upon enhancing, rather than undermining delegates confidence in the witness box.




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