Writing Section 7 & 37 Reports

Course Outline

The course provides a detailed guide as to the construction of these important court reports. The legal basis of the reports (and the differences between them) is explained and participants introduced to the basic formats and shown many of the common pifalls in drafting reports to the court. Particular regard is had to analysing how the writer of the report can provide the court with accurate, fair and trustworthy evidence, insulated from cross examination. Participants are given guidance as to the rules regarding information gathering and how to discern the relevant from the irrelevant as well as the opportunity to analyse good (and bad) examples of report writing. Additional guidance is given as to the lead up to a court appearance, courtroom etiquette and the realities of cross examination.

Who is the course aimed at?

Social workers working with children and families

How long is the course?

One day

What will you learn?

How to produce reports that are accurate, full, fair and insulated against allegations of bias or unprofessionalism in cross examination


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