Court Room Skills and Giving Evidence
Due to financial pressures we are sorry to inform you that we are unable to provide tea and coffee at the training events during 2019-2020, we advise that you take drinks and a packed lunch with you to events.
Course Provider: Bond Solon
Attending court can be one of the most daunting and stressful parts of a social worker role. Doubt may be cast on their statement, assessment report, notes, records, method of investigation, qualifications and general credibility as a witness. It is therefore essential that social workers are equipped with the skills to give a confident and reliable account from the witness box.
The day is divided into two halves. The morning session is designed to demystify the process of giving evidence. They will consider the techniques used by lawyers to discredit social workers, and importantly how to respond appropriately to the decision maker when these techniques are employed and to remain in control so they can more readily assist the court.
In the afternoon, we set up a mock courtroom in which delegates get to apply the techniques they have learnt in the morning and experience cross-examination. Delegates receive feedback on their performance that will reinforce good practice and also be constructive on areas for improvement.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Recognise how the adversarial system works
- Properly prepare to give oral evidence
- Make appropriate use of supporting evidence, documents and records while under cross examination
- Distinguish between opinion evidence as the 'expert-witness' and giving professional evidence
- Give confident and clear testimony to the court despite the rigours of cross-examination
|13th February 2020||Radnor YFC Building, Llandrindod Wells||9.30am - 4.30pm|
There is no charge to attend these courses, however a cancellation charge may apply to non-attendance if sufficient notice is not given