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Section.47 Training (Introduction to)

Course Provider

Bond Solon Training


  • Most social workers who undertake Section 47 investigations may find their reports being scrutinised by managers, other agencies, the family court or within a serious case review.
  • It is essential , therefore, that social workers who conduct such investigations do so professionally throughout the whole process of fact finding, analysis and assessment and always strive to secure relevant, reliable & accurate evidence. 
  • This training will consider all stages of the investigatory process and will illustrate the reliability, credibility & weight of all of the information obtained. 
  • The training illustrate how important it is to distinguish between facts and inferences/assumptions and how first hand evidence/information will always be the most reliable. The child's voice must be heard and their wishes, feelings & needs ascertained alongside the views, wishes & feelings of siblings, parents and other family members. 
  • All Section 47 investigations must take place within the legal framework set out in the Children Act 1989 and in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998. 
  • This training will assist newly qualified social workers develop an awareness and knowledge of the relevant law, evidence & procedure to carry out their Section 47 role more responsibly and effectively. At all times they need to be alert to Best Practice within current policy and procedure. 

Key Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Understanding the relevant law 
  • 2. Recognising roles and responsibilities whilst undertaking S.47 enquiries 
  • 3. Recognising different types of evidence 
  • 4. How to collect reliable & credible evidence 
  • 5. How best to present such evidence 
  • 6. How best to present the child's voice 
  • 7. Distinguishing between facts, inferences & opinions


Dates and Times

  • 10 May 2024  09:30-17.00

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


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