Presented by Richard O’Hagan Member of the Law Society’s Children’s Panel & Deputy-District Judge
The workshop aims to increase clarity and confidence regarding safeguarding and the law through: providing an overview of the legal framework for child protection; providing a practical guide to social work practice and procedures; providing an overview on evidence, including expert and opinion evidence; exploring the practical issues confronting therapists including: When to make a referral, Disclosure of therapy notes and other documents & How to draft a witness statement.
Areas Covered & Learning Outcomes
The workshop aims to increase clarity and confidence regarding safeguarding and the law through:
- providing an overview of the legal framework for child protection
- providing a practical guide to social work practice and procedures
- providing an overview on evidence, including expert and opinion evidence
- exploring the practical issues confronting therapists including:
- When to make a referral
- Disclosure of therapy notes and other documents
- How to draft a witness statement
Who Should Attend?
Any counsellor wishing to improve and develop their professional knowledge of of the legalities of working with clients. In particular those involved in the legal process be that through safeguarding issues or being requested notes or reports by the police, solicitors or the courts.
Whilst this course is aimed at qualified therapists but would also provide useful knowledge and information for those in training.
Richard O’Hagan is a Consultant Solicitor in the Child Care department based in a Birmingham Solicitors office. He is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel. He is also a part-time Judge and works as an assessor for the Law Society.
Richard has over 15 years experience in Family Law, having gained his law degree at Cardiff University and his professional qualification at the College of Law in Chester. He was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 1998.
Over the past 12 years, Richard has specialised in representing children who have been taken into care and also parents whose children have been removed from their care by the Local Authority. He has experience in representing parents with mental health problems and with learning difficulties.
Richard has been a member of the Law Society’s prestigious Children Panel since 2003. This means that he has been accredited by the Law Society as being an expert in the law relating to children.
Richard was appointed as a part-time Judge in 2011. He regularly sits as a Judge in courts across the central region of the country.
13th NOVEMBER 2015 9.30-4.30pm £97 BACP ENDORSED COURSE