Court Skills Training – geared to adult safeguarding, capacity disputes and deprivation of liberty challenges

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.

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Belinda Schwehr

About Belinda Schwehr

Belinda has been a lawyer (both a barrister and then a solicitor advocate), a law lecturer at a university, and a trainer and consultant specialising in Adults' Social Care legal framework issues. She first became interested in social care law when the Gloucestershire case was running between 1995 and 1997, never having met a real live social worker, before that point! She regards social care as the most interesting field of law she has ever been associated with, combining aspects of public law, the regulation of power, economics, management skills, EU law, procurement, criminal law, incapacity law, land law and contract, and doesn't expect ever to tire of the stuff. If the Care Act is going to be the last word on it, however, she would like to think it was worth all that sitting there and getting fatter whilst thinking about how it should all hang together! She does glass craftwork and house renovations for a hobby, has one son in his twenties, and about 5000 online friends... soon to be 50,000, with any luck!

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