Type Speaker CPD Hours Level
1.25 UpdateInformation
SRA Competency B


If you specialise in children law cases then you need to be familiar with the law, practice and procedure surrounding experts and assessments.

There have been continuous developments in this field, with renewed guidance as to the use of experts, and in particular, whether assessments are to be undertaken ‘in-house’, or for the assessment to be outsourced.

It is important to be clear as to ‘who pays’ for assessment and undertaking responsibility.

These and other questions will be answered in this webinar.

What You Will Learn

This webinar will cover the following:

  • How does the position with assessments differ in relation to s.13 Children and Families Act 2014?
  • Seeking s.38(6) Children Act 1989 Directions - consideration of Re G (A Child: s.38(6) Assessment)
  • Treating clinicians and court directed experts
  • Therapy and assessments - consideration of Re Y (A Child) (s.38(6) Assessment) - who will pay for such work?
  • Impact of JG v. The Lord Chancellor & Others - how does the court deal with the apportionment of costs in children law proceedings?
  • Consideration of Re J (Care Proceedings: Apportionment of Expert Fees)
  • Role of the Official Solicitor, and capacity assessments and implications of Re D (Children)
  • Assessments relating to attachment - consideration of Re AV (A Child) (Expert Report)
  • Guidance on remuneration of expert witnesses - September 2020 (Version 6)
  • Funding for drug and alcohol testing and DNA testing
  • A view from The President’s Chambers: March 2022 in relation to experts
  • Consideration of wide family and assessments - consideration of Re X (Factitious Disorder)
  • Position surrounding assessments by intermediaries and lay advocates. Funding implications. Consideration of Re C (Lay Advocates) and Re C (Lay Advocates) (No.2)
  • Assessments, funding and intermediaries - consideration of Re S (Vulnerable Parent: Intermediary)
  • Fairness of proceedings and consideration of Re S (Vulnerable Party: Fairness of Proceedings) - responsibility upon legal representatives in cases
  • Guidance in cases where a parent has a learning disability
  • Consideration of Nottinghamshire CC v XX and Others and implications when assessing parents with a learning disability
  • Conflict in cases with children with disabilities - consideration of Re W

This pre-recorded webinar will be streamed at 12:30pm on Monday 28th November 2022 and will remain available to view by delegates who have registered by then for 90 days.

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