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 2018-2019 Training and Masterclass Programme

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Date

AUTUMN/WINTER OPEN TRAINING PROGRAMME
All venues will be in central Edinburgh

Course Time

5th Sept 2018

Contact: Rights in Law
Understanding Parental Responsibilities and Rights (PRRs), obtaining PRRs, overriding principles related to making orders about children, the process of applying for contact orders, the rights of the child to express their view, their views being taken in to account, right to legal representation and becoming part of the court process in an action involving them, the current tools available to children to let the court know their views, understanding difficulties associated with child relocation, of agreements or contact orders in relation to a child and enforcement of them as well as a review of the recent case law

10:00-16:00
5.5 hrs CPD

12th Sep 2018

Legal Foundations of Child Protection
The session will discuss the relevant child protection legislation and policy, information sharing in respect of children, child welfare and wellbeing, tools available under child protection legislation and children’s right to confidentiality

13:00-16.30
2.5 hrs CPD

3rd Oct 2018

Children’s Hearings Explained
The session will focus on the background of the Children’s Hearing System (CHS), grounds of referral to the CHS, measures and disposals available, concept of relevant person including deemed relevant person, importance of the pre-hearing panel, who has the right and duty to attend children’s hearings, Interim and Compulsory Supervision Orders, the rights of the child to express their view, their views being taken in to account, right to legal representation and right to fully participate in the children’s hearings; the review and appeal process, as well as a review of the recent case law
Venue:  Scott Moncrieff, Exchange Place 3, Semple St, Edinburgh EH3 8BL

10:00-16:00
5.5 hrs CPD

10th Oct 2018

Meeting Obligations under the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of the Child
The session will examine the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC): definition, signatories and content and why it is important to comply with the terms of the Convention and previous points on non-compliance. The session will also discuss the recommendations to UK in terms of compliance and what Scottish legislative changes are responding to the recommendations for compliance.

13:00-16.30
2.5 hrs CPD

24th Oct 2018

Capacity and Confidentiality: Young People and the Law
This session will provide delegates with an understanding of the tests and legislation which govern legal capacity and assessing a young person’s ability to consent in Scotland, it will discuss identifying barriers to children and young people’s ability to consent to treatment or services, the potential conflict between a child’s capacity to make decisions when they differ from those who have Parental Responsibilities and Rights (PRRs). The session will give delegates confidence in the law on capacity and confidentiality and also in understanding limitations of law in this area.

13:00-16.30
2.5 hrs CPD

7th Nov 2018

Essential Law in Relation to Parental
Responsibilities and Rights
This session will discuss Parental Responsibilities and Rights (PRRs), who has them and how a person obtains them, what happens when PRRs are in conflict, the process of applying for civil orders under s.11 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and the principles applied by court. The course will also discuss the rights of the child to express their views and how they can become part of the court process in an action involving them.

13:00-16.30
2.5 hrs CPD

5th Dec 2018

 Hearing the Child in Children’s Hearings
This course will focus on the rights of the child to express their view at a Children’s Hearing, the tools available for their view to be heard. The session will discuss the right to legal representation and the right to fully participate in the children’s hearings. The session will also discuss concerns related to operation of the children’s hearing system in respect of children being part of the process and possible barriers to child participation. There will be a second opportunity to attend this popular course on 6th or March 2019.

13:00-16.30
2.5 hrs CPD

9th Jan 2019

Capacity and Confidentiality: Young People and the Law
This session will update your knowledge and understanding around children and young people’s capacity and the extent to which children and young people have the right to confidentiality when accessing services. The session will refer to relevant legislation, data protection and look at practical guidelines on assessing capacity and the duty on professionals to balance Parental Rights and Responsibilities with a young person’s right to confidentiality. The session will look at young people consenting to services independently, including medical services and sexual health services. The session will also identify barriers to children and young people’s ability to consent to services.

13:00-16.30
2.5 hrs CPD

23rd Jan 2019

Children’s Views in Civil Court
This session will leave delegates confident in the current legal position on the views of the child in decisions being made about them in court actions with reference to the UNCRC, the Scottish legal position and relevant legislation. The course will discuss the current tools available to obtain children’s views and look at more progressive ways for children to become part of the court process in an action involving them. The session will examine examples of child friendly communications with the court and give an opportunity for questions and discussion.

13:00-16.30
2.5 hrs CPD

6th Feb 2019

Children’s Hearings Explained
The session will focus on the background of Children’s Hearing System (CHS), grounds of referral to the CHS, measures and disposals available, concept of relevant person including deemed relevant person, importance of the pre-hearing panel, who has the right and duty to attend children’s hearings, Interim and Compulsory Supervision Orders, the rights of the child to express their view, their views being taken in to account, right to legal representation and right to fully participate in the children’s hearings; the review and appeal process, as well as a review of the recent case law.
Venue:  Scott Moncrieff, Exchange Place 3, Semple St, Edinburgh EH3 8BL

10:00-16:00
5.5 hrs CPD

20th Feb 2019

Essential Law in Relation to
Parental Responsibilities and Rights
Understanding Parental Responsibilities and Rights (PRRs), how a person obtains PRRs, overriding principles related to making orders about children, the process of applying for civil orders in relation under section 11 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, the rights of the child to express their views, their views being taken in to account, right to legal representation and becoming part of the court process in an action involving them, the current tools available to children to let the court know their views

13:00-16.30
2.5 hrs CPD

6th Mar 2019

Hearing the Child in Children’s Hearings 
A second opportunity to attend this popular course. This session will focus on the rights of the child to express their view at a Children’s Hearing, the tools available for their view to be heard. The session will discuss the right to legal representation and the right to fully participate in the children’s hearings. The session will also discuss concerns related to operation of the children’s hearing system in respect of children being part of the process and possible barriers to child participation.
Please note, this course is the same as Hearing the Child in Children’sHearings held on 5th December 2018.

13:00-16.30
2.5 hrs CPD

20th Mar 2019

Legal Foundations of Child Protection
The session will discuss the relevant child protection legislation and policy, information sharing in respect of children, child welfare and wellbeing, tools available under child protection legislation and children’s right to confidentiality

13:00-16.30
2.5 hrs CPD

Date

AUTUMN/WINTER MASTERCLASSESPROGRAMME

All venues will be in central Edinburgh

Course Time

TBC

last week of Sept 2018

Children's Rights, Privacy and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
There has been a lot of concern about what GDPR and data protection means for those delivering services to children and young people. This has been exacerbated by the confusion caused by the troubled and still incomplete passage of the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill through the Scottish Parliament.  In addition, public bodies must ensure that children’s inherent Human Rights are paramount and  considered in the delivery of children’s services. Join us at this masterclass to cut through the confusion and gain practical, common sense guidance to allow you to meet your obligation while continuing to provide an effective and child centred service to children and young people 


 tbc

1st Oct 2018

Parental Alienation
Dr Anne E Woodhouse, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and
Julian Aitken, Advocate at Mackinnon Advocates
The participants of this specialised masterclass will have an opportunity to hear from Dr Woodhouse, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Julian Aitken, Advocate at Mackinnon Advocates. Dr Woodhouse will speak about psychological assessment of parents and children in family law, introduction to key psychological concepts in family functioning, use and misuse of Parental Alienation Syndrome in family disputes followed by some case examples. Mr Aitken will provide Solicitor/Counsel perspective where parental alienation being claimed by one of the parties in court proceedings. This event will benefit solicitors, child psychologists, curators at litem and welfare reporters, advocacy workers for children and adults as well as party litigants in civil family court actions.   

 

 

 

 

13:00-16.30
2.5 hrs CPD

 

22nd Oct 2018 tbc

Immigration Law & Child Migration
What rights will EU national children in the UK have as Brexit approaches? And what rights in the aftermath that results?  This masterclass is proposing to look at the position of EU nationals and their families resident in the UK and what may result in cross jurisdictions issues in family law
which may result.


13:00-16.30
2.5 hrs CPD

1st Nov 2018

Additional Support Needs
Mrs May Dunsmuir, Chamber President of the Health and Education Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland and a Convener with the 
Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and 
Iain Nisbet, Consultant Solicitor and Education Law Specialist, Cairn Legal
The participants of this specialised masterclass will have an opportunity to hear from the lead experts in the ASN field: Mrs May Dunsmuir, Chamber President of the Health and Education Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland and a Convener with the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland as well as Iain Nisbet, a consultant solicitor and education law specialist, with particular expertise and interest in additional support needs law and the Equality Act 2010 as it applies to education. Mrs Dunsmuir will talk about the extension of rights to children under the Education (Scotland) Act 2016 and the child as a party in tribunal proceedings; as well as other developments within the Tribunal. Iain will speak about independent adjudication, Co-ordinated Support Plans, children’s rights and the support service. This event will benefit those working with children with ASN, supporting their families, education specialists, professionals making assessment and decisions as to support for children with ASN, solicitors working or considering working in the education law field and field of ASN.

 





10:00-13:00
2.5 hrs CPD

30th Jan 2019

Criminal Records

 tbc

Feb 2019

Child Protection

 tbc

Mar 2019

Adults with Incapacity

 tbc

 Our training courses and masterclasses are designed to take account of the very latest legislation and good practice guidelines, and delivered by our solicitors. Member and various discounts apply. 

We are a recognised leader in the provision of training on children’s rights and the law as it affects children in Scotland. We provide a twice yearly programme of training courses which cover a wide range of topics and issues. Courses are designed to work in combination and as stand alone courses.

Training is provided by qualified solicitors employed by SCLC. Each course is an intensive learning experience in a venue in Central Edinburgh allowing for travel from most parts of Scotland. The training sets out the legal framework for the topic with the use of scenarios, case studies, questions and informal discussion to provide practical application for those working with children in a range of contexts.

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