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Report writing for court– best practice SC154

Who is this course for?

Social workers in personal social care who are required to write and present reports for court.


To enable delegates to develop essential skills to write court reports and apply objective assessment criteria to their own written information. Delivered by lawyers who use their legal expertise to prepare participants to read and 'weigh' information, select appropriate information and express it effectively to best support the case, and present robust recommendations. The trainers guide participants to develop a critical eye and identify what makes good quality information for court reports. The trainer explains court 'etiquette' and enables participants to present information confidently and professionally. The course incorporates compliance with the Care Act 2014.


At the end of the course participants will be able to:
• Describe their duties when providing reports to the Court.
• Outline the Court's expectation of the report writer.
• Explain how to use records and notes as primary sources of information.
• Describe what makes a good report- importance of language, analysis and recommendations.
• Identify the issues, facts and sources and the weight of them -Distinguishing between Fact, Opinion and Hearsay.
• Confidently apply an objective and critical eye in relation to written information.
• Explain when and how to use expert research and theories.
• Describe appropriate layout, format and style.


Shefali Shah - Barrister

Delivery Dates & Venue

The Exchange
County Hall
Conference Training Facility
Preston. PR1 8XJ

Currently no training dates available.