18th December 2018 19th December 2018


Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families Map
2 days
09:30 - 16:30



Training fee

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About this course

This course presents a model of assessment of families in care proceedings that has been developed at the AFNCCF over the last 15 years+. This model of Multi-Disciplinary Team working retains a focus on the needs of the child, embeds reflective practice, enhances expert evidence and offers a supportive and safe environment for this complex work. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own role (or potential role) within an MDT and their experience of team functioning. Space will be given to considering how multi-disciplinary assessments might be experienced by parents, children and professionals. Participants will be supported to present a case and engaging in a reflective group process (clinical case discussion).

Day 2 focuses on presentation of verbal and written evidence in court. It will cover the following key areas: preparation, structuring of the report, distinguishing between fact and opinion, developing a critical eye in relation to your writing, use of language and procedural requirements. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their strengths and weakness as authors of court reports with a view to identifying their key areas for development. They will also be given the opportunity to hone their skills through undertaking a series of writing exercises.

Who is this course suitable for?

All those acting (or considering acting) as a professional or expert witness in the Family Courts including:

  • Social Workers
  • Guardians
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists and other child mental health practitioners
  • Psychiatrists

The course is particularly suitable for those working in a multi-disciplinary team undertaking these types of assessments. A discount is offered for full-team training (at least 3 clinicians).

Aims of the course?

  • Have information about the clinical process we have developed at the AFNCCF as a model of working
  • Develop competence in using a team setting to improve the quality of assessment and evidence presented to the Family Court
  • Have enhanced capacity to identify issues to be addressed in these reports and to keep the child(ren) at the centre of this process
  • Have improved ability to structure the writing of court reports and to produce succinct, clear and easy to read reports that are compliant with procedural requirements
  • Have sharpened capacity to express and argue opinions in a way that can withstand cross-examination

15% discount available for 3 or more participants booking together, please contact amy.rozwod@annafreud.org