Using research in the Family Court

19 Dec 2017 Presenter: Research in Practice

These film clips are based on mock cross-examination scenarios where a judge, a barrister for the family and a local authority social worker act out issues that might arise when using research in written and oral evidence given in court. It relates to a case involving domestic abuse and the proposed placement of six siblings in separate placements.

The case
The local authority social worker describes the case and his role.

Evidencing own expertise
The local authority social worker is asked about his qualifications and areas of expertise.

Coping with cross-examination - research on domestic abuse
The local authority social worker is questioned on the research used in his report regarding domestic abuse and its applicability to the case.

Coping with cross-examination - research on sibling placement
The local authority social worker is questioned on the plan to separate siblings in placement, exploring the research on sibling placement, permanency and the practical difficulties.

Coping with cross-examination - using jargon
The local authority social worker is questioned on terms from research used in the report.

Coping with cross-examination - difficult questions
This mock scenario stresses the importance of using research purposefully and in context.


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