Aims/Description: This module aims to provide social workers in any area of children and families or adult social work practice with increased skills and confidence in presenting evidence in a courtroom. The module bridges the gap between academic learning about the law and the courtroom, and practice skills. The module sets the context for encounters between social work and the law, grounding it in an understanding of the role of the law in social work practice, and of the social worker in the courtroom. Building on that grounding, the module will quickly become practice-orientated, using participants' own contentious cases, and to this end, it will be a requirement that each participant holds throughout the module (either within their own caseload, or jointly worked with another worker) at least one case in which a court hearing is likely. This module is therefore suitable only for practitioners who are able and willing to hold or jointly co-work such a case within their own caseload.

Staff Contact: NORMAN ALLAN
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Placements, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Practical skills assessment

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