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Making and Justifying Recommendations is:

Full day or two ½ days training.

This package works best in a full day and is suitable for social workers wishing to develop their skills in relation to writing and then justifying the report recommendations they make in a children’s hearing.

The training is best facilitated by a 3rd party (local authority training providers, a Safeguarder or solicitor or care experienced young people could do this). The training begins with a general discussion about difficulties / barriers / experiences.

There is then a presentation from the Reporter and panel members – about what works & why. The pm session is focussed on case study work – thinking about gathering and presenting children’s views and about writing a recommendation for a children’s hearings report and presenting this to a ‘panel’. The panel will then make a children’s hearing decision.

The training is a practical guide to helping practitioners present more confidently and effectively at Children’s Hearings.

09:00 to 09:15


09:15 to 09:45

What Makes a Good Hearing discussion? Experiences / difficulties / barriers.

09:45 to 11:00

Presentation including questions

11:00 to 11:15


11:15 to 11:30

Introducing the case studies

11:30 to 12:30

First Case Study

12:30 to 13:00


13:00 to 14:00

Second Case Study

14:00 to 14:30

Presenting recommendations – first case studies

14:30 to 14:40


14:40 to 15:30

Presenting recommendations – second case studies

15:30 to 16:00

Feedback, questions and evaluation


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