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 care planning framework for looked after children including:
    • Duties regarding the placement of looked after children
    • The framework for assessing and meeting the needs of looked after children
    • Family and Friends carers – new guidance on initial (viability) assessments and new regulations and guidance for making Special Guardianship Orders
    • 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.
  • Enable participants to reflect on the impact of these duties on their practice.
During the course we will consider the Care Planning, Placement and Review Regulations 2010, associated Children Act 1989 guidance and the IRO hand book.

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.


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.

Aims and learning outcomes:

  • To gain an understanding of law and processes relating to providing help and support to families including Early Help and Child in Need frameworks
  • 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.
  • By the end of the course we hope that you will be better able to support parents whose children are involved with children’s services and to assist parents to access the services their children need.

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, Human Rights Act 1998, the Adoption and Children Act 2002, and the Children Act 2004
    • Recent case law and guidance.
  • Explore the practice dilemmas that may arise when working in partnership with families.

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

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