Procedure in Private Children Law Cases – The CAP

An overview of the Child Arrangements Programme (CAP)

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Course Overview

Designed to resolve disputes arising between separated parents and/or families, the Child Arrangements Programme (CAP) encourages parties to reach safe and child-focused agreements for their child. Where possible the CAP will resolve matters outside of the court setting as this is often cheaper, quicker and more amicable than court resolutions.

Lecturer Safda Mahmood will provide viewers with an overview of how the CAP operates in practice, with reference to the mechanisms it has in place to ensure the effective resolution of disputes.

During this 20-minute session, consideration will be given to:
  •  Practice Direction 12(B): (CAP 2014) issued on 22nd April 2014 and key issues
  •  The voice of the child
  •  Allocation and gatekeeping
  •  Making the application, with reference to section 7 and 37 of the Children Act 1989

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar 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 have a greater understanding of, and feel more confident when, advising clients regarding this area of children law.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for children law paralegals, trainees and qualified 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

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    4 Page


  • Quiz