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Courtroom Skills

Event/course Code SFVSS 20/216
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction With increasing numbers of cases entering into the Public Law Outline (PLO) process and moving into care proceedings, it is essential that staff within Children’s Services are equipped to confidently approach court work. This course and is designed specifically for workers who may need to attend court as part of their duties to safeguard children, including giving evidence at contested hearings.

The session is ideal for staff who have never attended court, need to improve confidence or have not been for a significant period of time and want to brush up their skills. This is not a lecture but an interactive training course. This Courtroom Skills training course will prepare you for giving evidence as an expert witness, something which can often feel very daunting for practitioners. We guarantee that this will be a highly practical and engaging course which on completion will make a difference to your practice.

Please be advised that this course will take place virtually. Joining instructions will be emailed to confirmed bookings 24 hours before each session date.
Event Content The training course has been developed in partnership with Achieving for Children’s legal team and external Barristers. The day starts with removing the mystique which can surround courtroom processes. You will be working through a case study that will be provided before the course, and taking the case study through the court process. You will have the opportunity to work in small groups and experience sitting in the ‘witness box’, with the Barristers conducting examination-in-chief and cross examination questioning. You’ll learn about the various roles of everyone involved as well as how to take the oath and deal with cross-examinations. During the day, you will receive feedback on your performance and tips and hints at how best to give robust evidence.

This course will also cover:

• Core elements of the law
• Examination-in-Chief - Dos & Don’ts
• Cross-Examination - Dos & Don’ts

Feedback from previous delegates includes:

‘This training has helped me to learn to be more confident in court, particularly if I ever have to give evidence in chief or be cross examined. It has enabled me to think more clearly about imparting information to court for the benefit of the child, regardless of how difficult this may be for the family to hear.’

‘The course give a good insight as to what is required during court proceedings and how best to achieve the recommendations of the local authority.’

‘Overall, very informative; extremely helpful to be trained by experienced barristers.’

We recommend that colleagues access this course, keeping their skills and knowledge about the courtroom process up to date. This is part of the Core Skills and Knowledge for AfC Social Workers.

This session is facilitated by Usman Wahid from the South London Legal Partnership, and will include specific references to AfC processes and procedures.
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

• Demonstrate best practice when being cross examined by an experienced barrister.
• Demonstrate improved written and oral court skills.
• Give examples of the court process.
• Describe the core elements of the law.
• Demonstrate increased confidence in giving evidence.
Trainers Usman Wahid
Course categories Practitioner Processes (recording, analysing, reporting)
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19 yrs No 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Monday 8 March 202110:00 - 12:30Home Study, N/A, N/A, N/A
Session 2Tuesday 9 March 202110:00 - 12:30Home Study, N/A, N/A, N/A