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Children Law Accreditation

1.5 hoursAdvanced

The Children Law Accreditation is a recognised quality standard for practitioners representing children in children law proceedings. As part of the assessment process to determine your suitability for membership of the accreditation, you are required to undertake an interview.

Who this is for

Solicitors.

Required prior knowledge

It is expected that you have the expected standards of competence, knowledge and skills as set out in the Children Law Accreditation Initial application form guidance notes (pages 3, 13 – 14).

Learning outcomes

SRA competence: A1  +7 more for SRA competence: A1, A2, A4, A5, B3, C1, C2, C3

The purpose of the interview is to assess that you have clearly demonstrated the expected standards of competence:

  • experience of personal conduct of cases and personal representation of parties in public and other family proceedings as defined in the Children Act 1989 (here “representation” means personal preparation and, unless impracticable, subject to your overriding duty to provide the best possible representation for your client, undertaking your own advocacy at all hearings);
  • personally undertaking the advocacy for clients, including conducting contested hearings and undertaking cross examination of lay witnesses and professionals such as social workers, children’s guardians and experts a thorough knowledge of practice and procedures in the appropriate courts;
  • thorough awareness of ethical issues that may arise in children cases; and
  • up to date knowledge of the various guidance, rules and regulations, statutes, case law and practice developments and competence in the requisite skills, outlined in the knowledge and skill requirements as set out in the Children Law Accreditation Initial application form guidance notes (pages 13 – 14);
  • ability to work directly with children, explore their competence and establish their wishes and feelings.
What this will cover

The interview will assess the knowledge, skill and competences as set out in the Children Law Accreditation Initial application form guidance notes (pages 13 – 14). The purpose of the case study is to assess your understanding and ability to apply the relevant and applicable statute and principles, case law and practice and procedure with the view to advising and representing your client. You will have to consider how to best prepare and present your client’s case, what further information, documents or reports you may request and how to deal with issues of law, procedure and evidence which arise in the case study.

How you will learn

The interview will last no longer than 2.5 hours. This includes 1.5 hours of reading time of the case study based upon a Children Law scenario. Once you have completed your allocated reading time, you will then undergo an interview with two Children Law Accreditation assessors. You may use books and other reference materials when preparing the case study and use these and any notes you have made in the interview.