Court Skills Training – Care Proceedings and Fact Finding Hearings

Course Director: Sharon Mudhar, Deputy Trust Solicitor and Head of Education for Legal, GOSH

Event overview:

This one-day Court Skills Training Course will provide a detailed insight into Care Proceedings and Fact-Finding Hearings, including an overview of the Children Act 1989, and the role of the Local Authority and the NHS in Child Protection cases.

There will be a focus on the key legal principles including the Court process, and the statement writing exercise will strengthen good practice for writing professional evidence.

The course will conclude with a mock trial which will allow you to apply the knowledge and techniques you have learnt, giving you the skills and confidence you need to give evidence in Court.
With thanks to guest speakers from New Court Chambers

Learning outcomes:

  • Overview of the Children Act 1989 and your duty to safeguard children.
  • Understand the key legal aspects including the Local Authority’s statutory obligations and your contribution to Child Protection from an NHS perspective.
  • Discover the key principles concerning Care Proceedings, including Legal Threshold and significant harm.
  • Practical insights into the Court process and understanding your role as a professional witness.
  • Take part in a statement writing exercise to acquire techniques for excellent written evidence.
  • Experience a Mock Trial with reputable Family Law barristers, including participation in cross-examination.
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and techniques for delivering high-quality evidence in Court Proceedings.

Who should attend?

Consultants, Junior Doctors, Senior Nurses and Safeguarding Service


For more information, please visit the registration page.