Domestic Abuse and Contact - Running Such Cases Effectively

The practicalities of running a case where domestic abuse is raised as an issue

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Course Overview

This bite-size session will provide children law practitioners with a useful introduction to, or invaluable reminder on how to run domestic abuse and contact cases effectively.

Solicitor and lecturer Safda Mahmood will examine the guidance provided within Practice Direction 12J – Child Arrangements & Contact Order: Domestic Abuse and Harm (PD12J) and how case law has changed since this guidance was published in October 2017.

The expectations of the Child Arrangements Programme, and when should allegations of domestic abuse lead to a fact-finding hearing, will also be considered.

During this webinar the following case law will be discussed:
Re L (contact: Domestic Violence) Re V (contact: Domestic Violence) Re M (contact: Domestic Violence) Re H (contact: Domestic Violence) August [2000] Fam Law 581 [2000] 2 FLR 334
Re V (A Child) 2015 EWCA Civ 274  
MS v. MN  2017 EWHC 324 (Fam)
Re L-G (Re –opening of Fact Finding) [2017] EWHC 2626 (Fam)
Re H v D (Appeal: Failure to Case Management) 2017 EWHC 1907 (Fam)

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the reference notes and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • Understand the importance and application of Practice Direction 12J
  • Be familiar with the expectations of the Child Arrangements Programme
  • Be aware of the issues which the cross-examination of an alleged victim by the alleged abuser presents
  • Have received guidance on how to handle cases of such a sensitive nature

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for trainee and qualified children law practitioners



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

  • Webinar


  • Notes
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  • Quiz


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    3 years ago
  • This course was very informative and useful to me as a trainee. As a bite size lecture I could fit it in during my work day which was helpful.
    4 years ago