Private Children Law – Voice of the Child

Private Children Law – Voice of the Child

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Course Overview

The importance of the voice of the child cannot be underestimated. During this practical session, experienced children law practitioner and lecturer Safda Mahmood, will discuss the range of options available for children and young people to communicate their views in court proceedings.

Through the examination of the case law detailed below, this session will consider the CAP programme, Judge’s Meeting Children, Separate Representation and children giving evidence:

·         Appointment of Children’s Guardian under Rule 16.4

o    LM (A Child by her Guardian) v (1) Medway Council (2) RM (3) YM 2007 1 FLR 1698

o    W (Children) 2010 UKSC 12

o    In the matter of H (A Child) 2011 EWCA Civ 741    

·         Children Giving Evidence in Children’s

o    Re B (Child Evidence) 2014 EWCA Civ 1015 

·         Children Giving Evidence

o    Re F (Children) 2016 EWCA Civ 546

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the reference notes and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 0.5 – 1 CPD points (depending on length of time spent reviewing the supporting documentation).

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Understand the importance of the case law detailed above
  • • Have considered the issues surrounding the separate representation of children
  • • Be familiar with Practice Direction 16A – Representation of Children and other official guidance in this area

What is the target audience?

  • 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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  • Evaluation
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  • I did not feel very satisfied by this course. It is billed as relating to private law children matters but much of the contact referred to care proceedings. I wanted to know much more about the role of the Guardian and the Children's Solicitor if appointed. None of these were touched upon and I do feel rather disappointed.
    3 years ago