Date: 29th May 2019
Time: 09:00 - 13:10
Law Society of Scotland
144 Morrison Street
CPD Hours: 3hours 30minutesThis seminar will provide a primer to the issues that solicitors need to know in order to ensure their participation at children’s hearings is as meaningful as possible as a result of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011.
3.5 hours verifiable CPD
As a result of the implementation of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011, an increasing number of solicitors have been present at children’s hearings. While this has had its advantages, there have been difficulties for solicitors in becoming attuned to the unique environment of the children’s hearings system.
This seminar will provide a primer to the issues that solicitors need to know in order to ensure their participation is as meaningful as possible, giving a thorough introduction to matters of child development and how the process will impact them, as well as advice on facilitating child participation and managing the difficulties that might arise when representing another party in a children’s hearing.
Are you a solicitor specialising in this area of law? We offer specialist accreditation in a number of areas, including Child Law and Family Law. Find out if you qualify see Specialist Accreditation.
At this seminar you will:
- Review the role of the solicitor in a children’s hearing: what is working well and what needs to be improved?
- Develop your understanding of child development issues and communication
- Discuss the role and function of the children’s hearing and the panel members
- Learn about common problems in the appeals process and issues regarding deadlines and time-barring
- Morag Driscoll, Convenor of the Family Law committee, Law Society of Scotland, Chair
- Alan W Robertson, Senior Associate, MBS Solicitors
- Gary Kainth, Research Associate, University of Glasgow
- Dr Robert Porter, Research Associate, Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children, University of Strathclyde
- Julia Donaldson, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director, NSPCC Glasgow Infant and Family Team
- David Stakes, Team Leader, Children and Families, Permanence Team, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership