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This activity has assisted other people in the following competencies: Working with other people, Managing yourself and your own work, Technical legal practice

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This Law Society approved course is for qualified solicitors and FILEX wishing to represent any party in public law proceedings whether children, adults or local authorities and who wish to apply for membership of the Law Society's Children Law Accreditation Scheme (formerly the Children Panel). The course is intermediate level and is skills based; you will have appropriate knowledge and experience in public and private law proceedings as required by the accreditation criteria. You will then have six months from completing this course to apply for membership of the panel and you need to meet the appropriate criteria at the date of making your application for accreditation. The course encourages active participation and discussion throughout. You Will Learn: • Child development - assessing competence of children • Attachment - good enough parenting • Indicators of significant harm • Communicating with children • Issues of confidentiality and privilege • The role and duties of the children's guardian • The role of the child's solicitor • Working with the children's guardian • Advocacy in children's cases • Local Authority structures • Communication with parties • Instruction and use of experts • Linked care and criminal proceedings • Care planning • Contact with children in care • Case Management and the Family Court • Public Law Outline as finalised in the Children and Families Act • Procedure, documents, timetabling and hearings under the new scheme This course is specifically for those lawyers and legal executives who meet the requirements of and wish to apply to join the Law Society's Accreditation Scheme.


Tim Lewis

is senior partner of Johnson and Gaunt, one of the country's leading set of children law practitioners. He has practised for over thirty years in the fields of child protection, children law and adoption and is a Children Law Accreditation Scheme solicitor. Tim is a Deputy District Judge and a well respected and experienced independent trainer and course presenter. LLB (Hons), Solicitor, Managing Partner of Johnson & Gaunt, Solicitors, Banbury, Deputy District Judge, member of the Law Society Children Panel who practises exclusively in children's law.

Darren Jackson

is an Independent Social Worker (ISW) and self-employed Family Court Advisor (FCA). As an ISW he completes a variety of assessments, including parenting, children’s needs, fostering and risk assessments, with a reputation for his empathic but thorough and forthright approach. Darren was employed by Cafcass between 2007 and 2017 and continues to be appointed in public and private law cases as an Associate FCA. Darren has extensive experience in fostering, both as an assessor and as the former vice-chair of a local authority fostering panel. He has recently been appointed by a fostering agency in an advisory role for foster carers who are the subjects of complaints. Darren regularly acts as an independent member on secure accommodation panels for local authorities and has also delivered training on child protection and safeguarding to a variety of audiences. He was previously a child and family social worker within local authorities in the Midlands and North-West.

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