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Our new OPEN TRAINING PROGRAMME 2017-2018

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Each of our training courses is designed, updated at least annually to take account of the latest legislation and good practice guidelines, and delivered by our solicitors. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Member and various discounts apply.

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The Scottish Child Law Centre is 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 relaxed and intimate environment either at our Edinburgh office, or at a local venue nearby. Courses are either half day (either 9.30-12.30 or 12.30-16.00) or full day (9.30-16.00). We are a 15 minute walk from Waverly Rail Station, 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.

Each course is reworked and updated every year to reflect current law, guidance and good practice. These courses represent exceptional value for money and have received very positive feedback from candidates since we instituted the open training four years ago. Our Training can count towards CPD in many roles.

The new 2017-2018 course programme includes our most popular courses. If you have suggestions for inclusion in our training programme please contact us.

2017-2018 Open Training Courses

Safeguarding the Sexually Active Child - 31st May 2017 12:30-16:00

The law in relation to sexually active children, consent, underage sexual activity and sexting, and the legal consequences

 Children’s Views in Court (NEW COURSE) - 23rd Aug 2017 12:30-16:00

Do current tools used by Scottish Courts go far enough to assist children’s views being heard in decisions being made about them? A discussion of current legal changes, where the law requires further change and how this might be attained 
 

Mental Health and Adults with Incapacity: Right to Representation - 13 Sept 2017 12:30-16:00

Aimed at those working, caring for and representing children with mental health and learning difficulties, children transitioning to young person and adulthood
 

Permanence Orders: The Law in Scotland - 4 Oct 2017 09:30-12:30

The law on permanence planning, court procedure and children’s rights
 

Beginners guide to adoption: The Law in Scotland - 4 Oct 2017 13:00-16:30

The adoption process in Scottish courts, child’s consent and the child’s views in respect of adoption, “step-parent adoption” and adoption as part of a “relevant couple”. Adoptions with a foreign element
 

Understanding Education Law - 25 Oct 2017 12:30-16:00

Focussing on the basic rules and remedies to ensure that each child benefits as fully as possible from the education system
 

Children’s Hearings Explained - 6 Dec 2017 09:30-16:00

The legal rights and obligations of those involved in the children’s hearing system. Legal procedure at children’s hearings including grounds of referral, children’s views, legal representation, the meaning of “relevant person” and decisions of the panel
 

Additional Support Needs in Education - 24 Jan 2018 09:30-12:30

The law on ASN assessment, types of ASN available, the child’s rights and entitlements, duties on the local authority, what happens when there are disputes – the right to mediation and when there is recourse to tribunal
 

Contact: Rights of Children and Responsibilities of Adults - 7 Feb 2018 09:30-16:00

The law in Scotland as it relates to contact between parents and children, children’s views in contact disputes, other family members seeking contact, Parental Rights and Responsibilities, contact orders in civil court
 

Working with Children: Confidentiality and Conflict of interest - 28 Feb 2018 12:30-16:00

Including issues of capacity to consent, identifying conflict of interest, duties of confidentiality and effects of the Named Person provisions
 

Kinship Care: An Introduction to the Law - 14 Mar 2018 12:30-16:00

Different forms of Kinship care, entitlements to support and children’s rights
 

Child Protection: Law and Best Practice - 28 Mar 2018 12:30-16:00

Identifying risk, the legal procedures in Child Protection Orders, the rights of the child, information sharing and implications of the Named Person


What do previous candidates think about their training experience?


 "The SCLC training events have developed a formidable reputation among practitioners for robust analysis of the current law and legal processes and forensic dissection of their shortcomings" Scottish Legal News Annual Review 2015

'It will help me loads in my role with children. I wish I'd had the training months ago'. 

‘Very informative and interesting training course’ – Children’s refuge/follow on worker.

'Working as a support worker with young people, I found the course extremely useful'. 

Clarified many grey areas that I will be able to address within my workplace’ – Service Manager

‘As a Children’s Rights Officer who has looked after children and young people, many of who have been sexually or otherwise abused or committed sexual offences against other children; I felt the course was really interesting and hope to use what I have learned while working with young people and professionals.

‘Good anecdotes to bring PowerPoint to life and help me remember it’ – Young Person’s Advocacy Worker (Mental Health)

‘Will be interesting to see how this law is used in practice. Very concise, well-presented and helpful, illustrated stories and anecdotes’.

‘Feel the course useful and very informative’  - Depute Head Teacher, Support.

‘Engaging, knows the topic very well'.

‘Clear, concise, accommodating of our questions plus specific concerns-whilst maintaining the reality that only in doing can you really learn and question adequately.  Good advice about who and when to call as we are doing so’

‘Good understanding of domestic abuse and ethos of putting children first’.

‘Very passionate and inspiring’ – Children’s Worker

 'Inspirational trainer'


2017-2018 Training Costs 

Half Day:
Students/Unwaged                     £50
Registered Charity                      £80
Other                                        £90

 Full Day (lunch included):

Students/Unwaged                     £70
Registered Charity                     £130
Other                                       £160                                                             

                                                
10% Discount available to Members of the Scottish Child Law Centre