Safeguarding: Child protection from examination to court (Level 3) - 2 days

Paediatricians have a key role in both providing written evidence and presenting as a professional witness in family, criminal or civil proceedings in child protection cases. This two-day course provides paediatricians with the skills required to fulfil these duties.
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5-11 Theobalds Road
United Kingdom

Spaces available
  • RCPCH Member - £500
  • RCPCH Trainee - £450
  • Non-member - £665

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The course gives an excellent overview of what to expect in court and common pitfalls when called as a witness 


The RCPCH has developed this popular and successful course in conjunction with medical and legal experts who bring vast amounts of experience from within the safeguarding sector.

They will work with you to understand the structure, language and specifications of professional witness reports expected by different court systems.

To help your learning you will be required to submit a report in advance as part of this course.

You will also be given the opportunity to testify in a mock trial scenario with dedicated legal experts providing guidance and feedback to help build your confidence.

In addition, you will learn more about key areas of knowledge in child protection, such as consent and performing examinations, ensuring you are equipped to deal with all common concerns that arise in child protection cases.

Aims and learning outcomes

To equip paediatricians involved in child protection cases with the skills to gather evidence as part of clinical practice and effectively present this within professional witness reports and court testimony.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • produce professional witness reports to the court's required specifications
  • testify in court as a professional witness with the skills and confidence required to provide the best possible outcomes for the child
  • deal with common child protection concerns that arise in your clinical practice.


  • Paediatric trainees ST6-8
  • SAS doctors
  • Consultant paediatricians

More feedback from delegates

It has completely cleared most of my preconceived ideas about lawyers. The issues of consent, expert witness, appearing in court all very helpful to child protection work for anyone ST6 and above.

I have more clarity about the pathways of referral with regards to child protection concerns.

This course gave me an overview of the court process which I feel is necessary and I have not had a chance to obtain that in my daily practice.