2018 Public Child Law Conference

Event Details

Course Code: S3994
Speaker: Various
Specialisations: Family, Conferences,
Venue: Liverpool Law Society, 2nd Floor Helix, Edmund Street, Liverpool, L3 9NY
Date: Wednesday, 25 April, 2018
Time: 09:30 - 15:45

Members Price: £155
Non Members Price: £205
Corporate Training Offer: Free
Training Season Ticket: Free

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Event Description

Currently we are at maximum capacity for this event and so are exploring the possibility of holding this conference off site at a larger venue. Should there be enough demand for places this will happen. Bookings now received are being added to a waiting list and we will contact those on that list to confirm when/if places become available.

9.10 – 9.30am    Registration

9.30 – 9.40am     Chairperson’s opening remarks ~ Judge de Haas QC

9.40 – 10.30am    Non-accidental injury cases; issues and tactics ~ Mr Karl Rowley QC, St Johns Buildings
•    Fractures
•    Skin: bruises bites and lesions
•    Intracranial
•    Evidence
•    Experts - challenge and further evidence
•    Silk: do you need one and how to get one

10.30 -11.15am    Are Children at Risk from Substance Misuse? ~ Paul Hunter, Forensic Testing Services
The presentation aims to address the questions and confusion that arises when trying to understand the evidence provided from drug and alcohol testing.
•    The Peter Jackson J judgment in H (A Child: Hair Strand Testing) [2017] EWFC 64 - test case in respect of the validity of hair strand testing
•    Why the majority of testing is not appropriate for child-care in proceedings or pre-proceedings
•    Changes to the process are required to avoid miscarriages of justice
•    Strengths and weaknesses of the evidence derived from the testing for substance misuse
•    How evidence can mislead the court and why it will continue to do so, unless new developments are introduced for child-care cases

11.15 - 11.30am     Refreshments

11.30-12.15pm        Deprivation of Liberty & Children- the obligations of the state
 ~ Sam Karim QC & Francesca Gardner, Kings Chambers
•    An overview of the law relating to deprivation of liberty and children
•    The obligations of the state to ensure that the Article 5 rights of children and young people are protected.

12.15 – 1pm     Special Guardianship Orders: Chances, Challenges and Checks Margaret Parr, 7 Harrington Street    
•    SGOs and viability assessments
•    When to challenge
•    When an ISW is needed
•    SGO payments
•    Party status applications

1 – 1.45pm    Lunch

1.45 – 2.30pm           Children & Mental health law: some practical issues ~ Michael Davis, Broudie Jackson Canter
•    Compulsory Powers(Sections)
•    Powers of Discharge
•    Indentification of Nearest Relative
•    Powers of the Nearest Relative

2.30 – 3.30pm     Senior’s top 10 ~ Mark Senior, St Johns Buildings
An idiosyncratic look at the ten most important public law cases in the last 12 months for the practitioner to have in their armoury at the Courtface, as chosen by a seasoned practitioner with a Rumpolian outlook on life at the family bar

3.30pm    Chairperson’s closing remarks

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