About this course
This course was last updated in June 2017.
Representing children is easy to do badly, with potentially disastrous consequences. This course explores best practice and novel ways of working with and providing advocacy for children. It includes sections relating to achieving best evidence, preparing for hearings and what to expect at hearings, all with regard to the child’s best interests and wellbeing.
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Modules within this course
Introduction to working with childrenThis module looks at some general issues relating to the representation of a child such as building a good relationship, managing and meeting the child's expectations, communication, questioning techniques and sources of further guidance and reading.
Deciding whether to call the childThis module looks at some of the issues a representative should consider as to whether or not a child should be present or give live evidence in court at all.
Preparing for the hearingThis module concerns some of the considerations that should be made when preparing children for court, such as balancing the need to protect the child with the need to secure a good outcome for the child and being conscious of the potential damage caused by disbelief and cross-examination.
Representation at a hearingThis module details some of the measures which may be adopted where a child is present in court, the necessity of a good pre hearing review, ensuring the court staff and judge are prepared and specific provisions for the child's protection. This is followed by the final quiz and a feedback form.
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