Children Law Accreditation 2018

Children Law Accreditation 2018

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Course Overview

Datalaw is the only training provider to offer the Children Law Accreditation online - Complete all 18 hours in your own time.

Obtaining the Children Law Accreditation (formerly the Children Panel Qualification (CPQ)) and joining the children’s panel can provide a huge boost to your career; symbolising that you can handle all types of child related legal services, the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation denotes that you a specialist in your field of practice.

Becoming a children’s panel solicitor will increase your employability and ultimately generate more work and increased revenue for your firm, however undertaking the 18 hours of training required to make your application can be a daunting prospect for any children or family law solicitor to fit into an already hectic schedule.

Datalaw have the solution

Datalaw have teamed up with experienced local authority and family solicitor Safda Mahmood and children’s guardian Neena Hira to revolutionise the way in which solicitors complete the training required to obtain the Children Law Accreditation and apply for children’s panel membership. Rather than attend a 3-day conference, practitioners can now complete the 18-hours of training from the comfort of their own home or office. Accessible via the Datalaw site and App (from 22nd April 2018) this training can be completed at the viewer’s own pace and at a time convenient to them.

Datalaw’s Children Law Accreditation will cover the following topics:

·         Law, Evidence and Procedure

·         Children Law Accreditation Scheme Membership

·         Overview of The Children Act 1989 & Related Law

·         Commencement of Public Law Proceedings 

·         Emergency Procedures and Injunctions Care and Supervision Orders 

·         Contact within Care Proceedings 

·         Assessments and Experts Split Hearings and Threshold Hearings

·         Type of Order and Issues Resolution

·         The Final Hearing and Discharge of Care Orders

·         Care Plans, Placement and Case Management and Practice Issues

·         Disclosure of Documentation

·         Public Law Protocol and Preparation

·         Transfer and ECHR 

·         Processes for Fostering and Secure Accommodation Orders

·         Adoption Law and Practice

·         Adoption Proceedings Procedure under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 

·         Advocacy in Public Child Care

·         Law Case Study on Public Child Care Law and Discussion 

·         Working Relationship with Guardians and Skills & Practice

·         Role of the Children’s Guardian

·         The Working of the Local Authority

·         Working directly with a Child Adoption or Long-term Fostering

·         Attachment and Contact 

·         Domestic Violence/ Abuse


Children's Guardian: Neena Hira was a social worker with a local authority before joining the guardian service. Neena practises as a guardian in the Midlands and has prepared numerous reports, and regularly gives evidence in children proceedings.  

For further information on the Children Law Accreditation Scheme and how to become a Law Society children’s panel member, please visit the relevant section of the Law Society website https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/accreditation/children-law/

What are the requirements?

  • • Watch the recorded webinars and review the supporting documentation.
  • • Once you have viewed the webinars and supporting documentation in full, please notify the Datalaw office on 0151 236 2024.
  • • A certificate of completion will be issued once we have confirmed that the course has been completed in its entirety.

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Be able to obtain the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation
  • • Have the knowledge necessary to apply to join the Children’s Panel

What is the target audience?

  • Children and family law solicitors who wish to join Children Law Panel.

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About Instructor - Safda Mahmood

Safda is a senior solicitor, with a public authority, having had practiced in both Private Practice and Local Government. Safda is on the Law Society Children Panel and specialises in Children Law and Adoption. He delivers training across the country and writes regularly for various journals including Family Law Journal, Legal Executives Journal and Law Society Bulletin.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Part 1
    01:12:49
  • Part 2
    01:04:59
  • Part 3
    00:44:45
  • Part 4
    01:14:36
  • Part 5
    00:42:51
  • Part 6
    01:23:14
  • Part 7
    01:17:36
  • Part 8
    00:43:44
  • Part 9
    01:11:05
  • Part 10
    01:01:34
  • Part 11
    00:43:48
  • Part 12
    01:05:02
  • Part 13
    00:55:56
  • Part 14
    01:05:30
  • Part 15
    00:42:29
  • Part 16
    01:22:10
  • Part 17
    01:00:03
  • Part 18a
    00:19:39
  • Part 18b
    00:19:48

Supporting Documentation

  • Booklet 1
    171 Page
  • Booklet 2
    156 Page
  • Booklet 3
    88 Page
  • Document Bundle 1
    66 Page
  • Document Bundle 2
    80 Page
  • Welsh Regulations
    32 Page

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