I have a trainer on my books who’s skilled in local authority adults and children’s law, and well-versed in court skills, related to adult safeguarding, capacity disputes and deprivation of liberty challenges.
She’s created a course for me, that’s getting universally strong feedback.
It uses a drawn-from-life scenario which gives actual practice in both questioning and being questioned by opposing parties’ advocates. The roles provided are local authority staff roles, in a scenario where the OS and the client’s relatives take a different view to the council. The scenario can be adapted to involve considerations of continuing health care status as well, so works for CCG staff, not just local authority’s officers.
The structure of the 2-day course gives half a day of the theory and preparation of evidence, for up to 18 members of staff, and half a day’s practice in dealing with questions, for 4-6 learners at a time, (so on the same day as the theory is delivered, or over the next day for the other 2 groups of learners).
This area of work is never going to get less legally complex, so we hope it’s timely and cost-effective for maximising staff’s confidence in advance of Court appearances – and therefore supporting delivery of Care Act implementation.