Expert Witness in Child Protection: developing excellence

Event Image
20 February 2018 - 21 February 2018
9.00am - 5.00pm
RCPCH, London
Spaces available

RCPCH members - £500
Non-members - £550



Paediatric expert witnesses play a fundamental role in child protection cases. The judicial system relies on opinion evidence to reach decisions affecting children’s lives and this can be in criminal, civil or family proceedings.

The intercollegiate safeguarding competences require experts to demonstrate certain criteria. Solicitors must adhere to Part 6 of the Experts Code of Guidance when instructing experts and ensure the expert has experience, expertise and "training appropriate to the value, complexity and importance of the case".

To support you in this essential role, RCPCH and Bond Solon have developed a two-day training course for those working in a paediatric setting who are either already acting in an expert capacity or wish to do so in the future.

Bond Solon is a leading legal training and information company based in the UK.

Over the last 20 years, they’ve designed and delivered a range of award winning training courses and qualifications targeted specifically at non-lawyers who are involved in the legal system in the UK and worldwide. Francesca Burfield of Bond Solon will present collaboratively with Dr Jamie Carter, the Assistant Child Protection Officer, RCPCH. Together they will provide training from both a legal and paediatric focus and background.

You will have the opportunity to develop and improve one of your own reports, discuss case studies with colleagues and trainers, and take part in interactive workshops, giving you valuable practical skills and tools.

Objectives & learning outcomes

The course will:

  • Identify the issues to be addressed in your report
  • Give you a structured approach to preparation and writing
  • Enable you to express an independent view and argue your conclusion
  • Inform you about the Expert’s Declaration and other formalities
  • Ensure your reports are clear, succinct, independent and well-presented
  • Inform you about how the court system works
  • Explore what the judicial system expects and requires from you
  • Allow you to assess both your own and others’ reports
  • Examine and demystify the theory, practice and procedure of giving evidence
  • Help you withstand cross-examination
  • Give you key skills in presenting effective evidence
  • Allow you to give confident, clear testimony in court
  • Inform you about how to express opinion based on the foundation of fact
  • Counter your fears
  • Ensure you feel familiar with and comfortable in the environment
  • Help you build confidence and credibility.

By the end of the course you will:

  • Be able to produce high-quality reports and statements
  • Know how to give effective oral evidence
  • Understand the relevant law and procedure
  • Understand your role in the process
  • Be prepared to engage with the process.

All paediatricians who are acting as, or thinking of becoming, expert witnesses.