Law and Practice

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Looked after children: advanced law and practice 

This is an advanced one day intensive course.

Aims and learning outcomes:

The course will:

• Examine the new care planning framework for looked after children including:

- Sections of the Children and Young Persons Act 2008 which impose new duties regarding the placement of looked after children

- Care Planning, Placement and Review Regulations 2010 and associated Children Act 1989 guidance and the IRO hand book, which, together, set out a new framework for assessing and meeting the needs of looked after children and

- The Family and Friends Care Guidance which requires English local authorities to develop policies which promote and support family and friends care where it meets children's needs.

• To enable participants to reflect on the impact of these changes on their practice.

Who should attend: Independent Reviewing Officers, managers of looked after children’s care services, experienced social workers responsible for looked after children, staff from local authority legal departments.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Solicitors and Legal Executives: Law Society Accreditation: 4 hours CPD points. Social Workers: This course would contribute CPD hours.


Introduction to child care law

The law and processes relating to child welfare are complex and frequently changing. This interactive course will clarify the duties local authorities have to support children and families, and will set out the procedures that should be followed when there is a concern for a child’s welfare and/or safety. By the end of the course we hope that you will be better able to support parents whose children are involved with children’s social care services, and will be more equipped to assist parents access the services they need.

Aims and learning outcomes:

  • To gain an understanding of law and processes in relation to family support, or when families may need help with their parenting or other assistance from the local authority.
  • To develop a basic knowledge of law and processes relating to child protection.
  • To understand the duties of local authorities to involve families in planning for their children.
  • To share ideas, experience and best practice of providing advocacy for parents who are negotiating with the local authority about service provision.

Who should attend: People supporting parents who have involvement with Children’s Services, such as e.g. MIND, Family Action, MENCAP, voluntary sector drug and alcohol workers, as well as CAB advisers, FIS workers and others working in childcare and community settings.


Safeguarding children: advanced law and practice

This advanced course focuses on children outside the care system.

Aims and learning outcomes:

To gain an up to date knowledge of child care law and practice in relation to family support; safeguarding procedures; pre proceedings work with families; and family and friends care. The course will:

• Examine the legal and practice framework for judicial and administrative decision making including:

- the interface between the Children Act 1989, Children Act 2004, Human Rights Act 1998, the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and the Children and Young Persons Act 2008;

- recent case law and guidance.

• Explore the practice dilemmas of working in partnership with families.

Who should attend: Social workers, advocates, solicitors and others who need an up to date understanding of the legal and practice framework about children who are involved with Children’s Services but are not looked after.

It is expected that you will already have reasonable knowledge of the childcare legal and practice framework.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Solicitors and Legal Executives: Law Society Accreditation: 4 hour CPD points. Barristers: 4 hours CPD points from Bar Standards Board. Social Workers: This course would contribute 6 CPD hours.

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