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Legal Training - Court Skills for Social Workers

Course Provider

DCC Interactive Ltd


  • These practical, structured legal training courses are designed to ensure that social workers are familiar with the procedures involved and equiped with the necessary skills. 

Key Learning Outcomes

  • How the adversarial system works
  • The procedures, order of events and roles of those in the adversarial system
  • Effectively taking the oath/affirmation
  • Techniques lawyers use in cross-examination and how to handle them
  • How to prepare to give clear, honest and objective evidence
  • How to make appropriate use of supporting evidence, documents and notes when giving evidence
  • How to give confident and clear testimony under cross-examination
  •  Understand how to collect information more effectively by knowing how it is included in written evidence
  • Understand how to use records as primary sources of information
  • Identify the issues, facts and sources and weight of them
  • Appropriate layout, format and style
  • To be able to competently complete Section 7 and Section 37 reports
  • Use written information as a basis for giving evidence in court
  • To provide an overview of the way in which the pre proceedings protocol and the Public Law Outline currently operate 
  • To consider developing good practice in the context of the PLO
  • To develop an understanding of the changes brought about by the SSW-b Act for children within care proceedings who are looked after


Dates and Times

  • 27 August 2024 09:30-16:30
  • 24 September 2024 09:30-16:30 

There is no charge to attend these courses, however a cancellation charge may apply to non-attendance if sufficient notice is not given


Express an interest in this course here Expression of Interest Form for Training Courses


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