Writing Court Reports


This is a one-day course designed to provide social workers with the skills necessary to create and defend written statements and reports in a tribunal or court.

How Long is the Course?

One Day

Who is the Course Aimed at?

The course is designed for a wide range of social workers – from those newly qualified to those more experienced wishing to improve their writing skills.

Learning Outcomes

Delegates will learn, in a supportive and dynamic environment:-

  • The importance of written statements in the context of the court process
  • How to incorporate fair and balanced, evidence-based analysis into those statements
  • How to write authoritatively and clearly without recourse to jargon or technical language
  • The importance of balancing competing rights in social work practice, prior to and during any court proceedings
  • 9.30 – 10.45 Introductions. The legal system and how it works. Alternatives to court. How courts decide. The different types of evidence. The importance of written evidence. Burden of proof. Standard of proof.
  • 10.45 – 11.00 Break
  • 11.00 – 12.30 Constructing a statement. Preparation and organisation.  Identifying issues. Gathering information. Using records. Conducting interviews. Accuracy and clarity. Maintaining relevance. Using chronologies. Evidence based analysis – balanced, honest, focussed. The dangers of false logic and bias. Thinking it through and the importance of questions
  • 12.30 – 1.30 Break
  • 1.30 – 2.45 Writing the statement. Basic constructions and templates. Writing for a reader. Avoiding cliches, jargon meaningless terms and generalities. The danger of selectivity. Keeping it concise, clear and helping the decision maker.
  • 2.45 – 3.00 Break
  • 3.00 – 4.30 Group work. Examples and discussion. How to defend statements under questioning. Further learning and feedback.

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