Child Protection: From Examination to Court (Level 3)

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28 February 2018 - 1 March 2018
8.30am - 5.00pm
RCPCH, London
Spaces available


RCPCH trainees: £450*

RCPCH members: £500

Non-members: £550

(*SAS doctors are eligible for the trainee rate)





Every paediatrician will encounter many child protection cases during their clinical career and it is likely that a high proportion of these will require written reports, with some cases leading to legal proceedings. Paediatricians have a key role in both providing written evidence and presenting as a professional witness in family, criminal or civil proceedings.

On occasion some paediatricians may accept an instruction to appear as an expert witness.

The RCPCH has developed this popular and successful two day course in conjunction with medical and legal experts. These experts are highly trained and bring vast amounts of experience from within the safeguarding sector. The central objective of this course is to increase knowledge of legal proceedings, develop competences in engaging with proceedings and build confidence amongst paediatricians to tackle this area of work.

This course will give you an opportunity to work closely with your peers to share best practice in this area. It will provide a forum for discussion and a friendly environment in which to ask questions of the experts from both medical and legal sides.

Objectives & learning outcomes

      Course Aims

      To develop an understanding of:

  • The legal processes (relating to child protection) in the Family Courts, and the role of the paediatrician within them
  • How to engage effectively with the legal process
  • How to write a good report as a professional witness
  • How to give good and effective evidence as a professional witness
  • How to avoid straying into the role of an expert witness

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the course you will have:

  • A working knowledge of the general principles of  criminal and family law
  • A working knowledge of the paediatrician’s role in family court proceedings
  • The ability and confidence to write effective reports
  • A working knowledge of how to prepare for giving evidence as a professional witness in family court proceedings

Paediatric Trainees ST6-8, SAS doctors & Consultant Paediatricians.