Public Children Law Case Management Hearings

What happens at the case management hearing in a public children law case?

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Course Overview

The Case Management Hearing is a crucial stage in public children law cases therefore it is essential that practitioners know what to expect at the hearing so that they may fully prepare.

During this practical bite-size session lecture Safda Mahmood will discuss the following:

What will be discussed at the Advocates meeting
What will be dealt with at the Case Management Hearing (CMH)
The Case Management Order (CMO)
The directions sought at the Case Management Hearing
The reasoning behind the directions sought

This course will ensure that viewers are aware of the placement options available at the first Case Management Hearing, including interim care, interim supervision, child arrangements, care plans and contact.

Consideration will also be given to the case of RE v North Yorkshire CC. and Others 2015 EWCA Civ 1169 in which the Court of Appeal concluded that there is an expectation that both the court and legal representatives should aim to finalise care proceedings at the Issues Resolution Hearing wherever possible.

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:
  • Have examined the Case Management Hearings process in public children law cases, with reference to the Public Law Outline (PLO)
  • Understand the importance and application of Practice Direction 12A
  • Have explored the placement options available at the first Case Management Hearing and the appropriateness of each option depending upon the circumstances of the case
  • Be familiar the case of RE v North Yorkshire CC. and Others 2015 and understand how and why the Court of Appeal came to their decision and its implications

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

Supporting Documentation

  • Notes
    1 Page
  • Slides
    3 Page


  • Quiz