Family Advocacy - Drafting & Advocacy in Children Law Cases


Cost for BPP PD Members: £394 + VAT 12 CPD Hours
(£740.00 + VAT for non BPP PD Members Click Here for details of our membership scheme).

Course level

Introductory / Intermediate

SRA Competence

B, C


This course will be of benefit to trainees, newly qualified staff, or those who seek to get a better understanding of the statutory and case law developments in both private and public law, children law, as well as becoming more effective in drafting of core documents, and advocacy in children law.


You will have the opportunity to draft documents and to be guided towards becoming more confident in drafting and conducting effective advocacy before the courts. You will have the opportunity to practice some advocacy in a relaxed and friendly environment, which will aid in building you confidence and fee earning capacity.

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


  • Outline the essentials of parental responsibility and types of orders in private and public children law
  • Understand child arrangements orders and procedure
  • Describe the purpose of Pre-proceedings work and protocols
  • Define the key legal issues in name change, religion and removal out of the country
  • Explain the difference between special guardianship and placement orders
  • Understand care and supervision orders
  • Understand recovery orders and enforcement of orders
  • Deal with emergencies
  • Summarise key developments in case law and statutory developments

  • Apply for orders, and be aware of the various forms
  • Draft documents in private and public law cases
  • Draft statements, chronologies, case summaries and position statements
  • Draft threshold documents, responses and skeleton arguments
  • Demonstrate increased confidence in advocacy before the Family proceedings courts and County/ High courts
  • Understand advocacy at directions hearings and contested hearings
  • Demonstrate increased confidence in advocacy before the Family Courts
  • Understand advocacy at Interim hearings, case management and contested hearings

    • "A certificate of completion will be provided by BPP Professional Education Limited upon request, following attendance."

      Under the SRA’s new approach to continuing competence, solicitors are expected to use the Statement of Solicitor Competence to identify and address their learning and development needs. The competence statement requires the following competencies:
    • A - Ethics, professionalism and judgement
    • B - Technical legal practice
    • C - Working with other people
    • D - Managing themselves and their own work

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