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Public Law Outline: Mapping Resource (open access)

Mapping Research in Practice resources to the Public Law Outline.

This learning resources map has been developed to support professionals working with families, legal teams and in the family court. The map is primarily aimed at those preparing and presenting evidence for court, and focuses on robust pre-proceedings work and the quality of written evidence including assessment and care planning.

The quality of court work has been the focus of the Family Justice Review, Knowledge and Skills Statement and other policy initiatives, and has been highlighted as an important contributor to achieve the 26-week target for care cases and the best outcomes for children. 

The resources in this map support professionals to develop analytical skills and use research effectively to support decision-making.

Aimed at: Children’s guardians, lawyers acting for the local authority, IROs, case progression managers, social work managers, social workers preparing and presenting evidence in court.


Pre-proceedings

http://coppguidance.rip.org.uk/pre-proceedings/introduction-to-pre-proceedings/

https://www.rip.org.uk/resources/publications/evidence-scopes/impact-of-the-family-justice-reforms-on-frontline-practice-phase-one-the-public-law-outline-2015/


Social work chronology

http://coppguidance.rip.org.uk/court-application/chronologies/ 


Social work statement

http://coppguidance.rip.org.uk/court-application/section-31-application/

Within the social work statement, practitioners need to provide the following information:

  • Assessment of child’s needs:
  1. Recording the voice and wishes of the child:
    https://www.rip.org.uk/resources/publications/research-reviews-and-summaries/voice-of-the-child-evidence-review-2015/

    https://www.rip.org.uk/resources/publications/frontline-resources/communicating-with-children-and-young-people-with-speech-language-and-communication-needs-andor-developmental-delay-frontline-briefing-2016/

    https://www.rip.org.uk/resources/publications/frontline-resources/communicating-effectively-with-children-under-5-frontline-briefing-2013/
  2. Resources to support assessment:
    https://www.rip.org.uk/resources/publications/evidence-scopes/child-neglect-and-its-relationship-to-sexual-harm-and-abuse-responding-effectively-to-childrens-needs-updated/

    https://www.rip.org.uk/resources/publications/frontline-resources/attachment-in-children-and-young-people--key-signs-of-attachment-patterns-or-behaviours-at-different-stages-frontline-chart-2016/

    https://www.rip.org.uk/resources/publications/frontline-resources/attachment-in-children-and-young-people-updated-frontline-briefing-2016

    https://www.rip.org.uk/resources/publications/practice-tools-and-guides/analysis-and-critical-thinking-in-assessment-2nd-edition-handbook-2014

    Webinar: https://www.rip.org.uk/events-and-online-learning/events/past-event-details/?event-id=1107
  3. Resources focusing on adolescents:
    https://www.rip.org.uk/resources/publications/evidence-scopes/models-of-adolescent-care-provision-evidence-scope-2013/

    https://www.rip.org.uk/resources/publications/evidence-scopes/that-difficult-age-developing-a-more-effective-response-to-risks-in-adolescence-evidence-scope-2015/   

    https://www.rip.org.uk/resources/publications/frontline-resources/adolescent-mental-health-frontline-briefing-2015/

    https://www.rip.org.uk/resources/publications/frontline-resources/understanding-adolescence-frontline-briefing-2014/

    https://www.rip.org.uk/resources/publications/strategic-briefings/risktaking-adolescents-and-child-protection-strategic-briefing-2014/
  4. Resources focusing on pre-birth and early infancy:
    https://www.rip.org.uk/resources/publications/frontline-resources/attachment-understanding-and-supporting-parentcarer-bonding-before-birth-and-in-infancy-frontline-chart-2016/

    https://www.rip.org.uk/resources/publications/frontline-resources/attachment-understanding-and-supporting-parentcarer-bonding-before-birth-and-in-infancy-frontline-chart-2016/

    Webinar: https://www.rip.org.uk/events-and-online-learning/events/past-event-details/?event-id=1442

Decision-making records:


Case management hearing

Identify experts and draft questions.

http://coppguidance.rip.org.uk/pre-proceedings/use-of-expert-evidence/

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