Family Law and the Legal System


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 the course 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

How long is the course?

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
Child protection and local authority responsibilities
Youth offending
Personal protection
Child age assessments

  • The role and responsibilities of social workers within the family law system

9.30 – 10.45    Introductions. The legal system. The law, the court system, Judges and lawyers. Decision making, evidence and witnesses. Appeals

10.45 -11.00    Break

11.00 – 12.30  Families and the courts. Divorce. Parenting disputes. S7 and S37 reports. Child safeguarding and the Public Law Outline

12.30 – 1.30    Break

1.30 – 2.45      Families and the courts (part 2). Adoption. Wardship. Youth Offending and the YOT. Personal protection – injunctions. Child age assessments

2.45 – 3.00      Break

3.00 – 4.30      The Social Worker and family law. Expectations and responsibilities. The interface with other professionals and the legal system. Providing good evidence.

Conclusion, discussion, feedback


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