Representing Children & Families

Starting Price: £188.00

Price excludes VAT

This course provides a comprehensive insight into representing children and families in the Family Court.  The course covers all aspects of private and public law applications and will equip you with the up-to-date knowledge required to practice in this dynamic area of law.

The introduction of the Children and Families Act 2014, the Child Arrangements Programme and the Public Law Outline 2014 are covered in-depth, making the course an excellent choice for those new to or looking to develop a practice in Family Law.


This course is popular with both trainee and junior solicitors looking to develop new skills and with qualified lawyers who either want to brush up on their skills or are looking to move into a new area of practice.

Key Benefits

  • Be provided with an introduction to the practices and procedures of the Family Court;
  • Gain confidence in being able to undertake cases in respect of an application for a Child Arrangements Order;
  • Gain confidence in being able to undertake public family law cases;
  • Feel supported in gaining an understanding of the essential skills required to represent children and families in the Family Court; and
  • Be given and learn from practical examples provided by experienced practitioners.
Locations and Dates

Live Online – 2 July 2024

Format & Delivery
  • Knowledge
  • Legal/Knowledge Skills

You will be expected to undertake preparation in order for you to gain some background knowledge before attending the course.  The one-day course is delivered on an interactive lecture basis with you being provided with the opportunity to ask questions throughout the course of the day.  Learning is buttressed by practical exercises and group work.

Topics Covered
  • Understanding the roles and functions of the Family Court
  • Overview of the Child Arrangements Programme
  • Children Act 1989 principles
  • A walk through Section 8 applications
  • Enforcement of Section 8 applications
  • Case law update
  • Applications for care and supervision orders
  • Public Law Outline 2014
  • Overview of the Adoption and Children Act 2002
  • Children and Families Act 2014.
Prior Knowledge

It will be assumed that there is no prior knowledge before attending – the trainer will work from the perspective that everyone will start from the same point.



Everyone attending this course must complete the preparatory exercises in advance.  Please note that the preparation includes exercises and a case study, which will be used as reference and discussion point during the day, facilitating group discussions and enabling you to move on to explore important concepts in greater detail.  Failure to complete the work in advance will therefore not allow you to derive maximum benefit from the training and may limit your ability to participate in group activities.


The post-coursework for this course is completion of a Personal Development Plan.

By completing this exercise, you will reflect on the knowledge acquired from attending this course, and plan and record ongoing learning and development needs; as required by the SRA continuing competence regime

Complementary Courses

For those of you interested in enhancing your advocacy skills, our Higher Rights of Audience Training and Assessment may be of interest.

SRA Competences

A1        Act honestly and with integrity, in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements and the SRA Handbook and Code of Conduct

B2        Undertake legal research

C3        Establish and maintain effective and professional relations with other people.