The lawyers who act for the Local Authority and the Guardian ad Litem may have years of specialist experience; the parents' Solicitor may, initially at least, be a far more general practitioner and feel unnecessarily disadvantaged.
This course, run by an experienced care lawyer and popular speaker, will give you the edge when dealing with care proceedings. It will examine the entire process, specifically from the perspective of the lawyer acting for parents.
What You will Learn about:
• How to deal with the pre-proceedings stage
• The case conference
• Emergency Protection Orders and other urgent remedies
• Part VI Family Law Act in Care Cases
• The care application, the 'threshold criteria' and standards of proof
• The process, documents, timetabling and hearings
• Comprehensive assessment, risk assessment and residential assessment
• How to use experts under the new rules
• The final hearing; care order, supervision order or neither
• Contact with children in care
• Adoption and placement for adoption
• How to work within the context of funding constraints
This course is ideal for solicitors, paralegals and trainees practising care law, wanting to improve their practice and for those new to care work and wishing to act for parents.