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Courtroom and Report Writing Skills for Social Workers
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Courtroom and Report Writing Skills for Social Workers

Second Edition


July 2011 | 192 pages | Learning Matters
This new text will build on Courtroom Skills for Social Workers, by updating the legal and research content and strengthening the material on recording. There will also be additional contributions from service users and more practice examples, so as to make the book interesting and relevant for qualified social workers. It will assist social workers in meeting their CPD requirements for continuing registration and also offer a framework for short in-service training courses on court skills and recording, both areas in which social workers' performance comes under the scrutiny of other professionals.
 
Introduction
 
PART I: THE ENGLISH LEGAL SYSTEM IN CONTEXT
 
Historical Development
 
The English Legal System in Practice
 
Legal Language and Decision-making
 
Values and Principles in Law and Social Work
 
PART II: PREPARING FOR COURT
 
Legal Advice and Representation
 
Achieving Excellence in Case Recording
 
Writing Formal Reports for Court
 
PART III: ATTENDING COURT
 
Court Rules, Etiquette and Practical Matters
 
Giving Evidence
 
Cross-Examination
 
What Happens Next?
 
Conclusion

A very well laid out book with a broad coverage of law as well as the core topic of the book. I really liked it; easily accessible writing style and a very nice visual feel to the book. It's really comprehensive for its size, and we are stocking it in the library as well as recommending it to students.

Michael Isles
School of Health & Social Care, Gloucestershire University
August 6, 2019

This was an extremely useful text which I used to construct and carry out report writing workshops. Highly recommended.

Mr Neil Van Dokkum
Dept of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
April 15, 2014

This book has been used largely by our Children and families social workers and is very useful in formulating Court reports and enhancing the skills of staff being called to court.

Mr Derek Barron
Education , Social Services Department
February 4, 2014

Helpful especially for beginners and for those wishing to understanding report writings skills

Ms MARY ANDALL-STANBERRY
Department of Childhood Studies (Chatham), Canterbury Christ Church University
March 14, 2013

A really useful book which I refer to all the time, linking the transferable ability of writing academic assignments to the development of writing informed based court reports.

Rosemary Willers
School of Health, Science and Social Care, University Campus Suffolk
February 28, 2013

Not directly relevant to my teaching, but a useful text.

Philip Gilligan
Dept of Social Sciences & Humanities, Bradford University
January 22, 2013

This book has not been adopte4d for use on this programme currently, but has been passed to partner agencies to supplement ongoing training as part of the assessed and supported yearin practice.

Mrs Kay Wall
Social Work Office (Redditch), North East Worcestershire College
December 14, 2012

- Informative book
- Language is easy to understand
- Covered a good range of topics
The examples given helped students to visualise how they could write their own reports.

Mr Michael Lyne
School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University
December 11, 2012

Good Text that covers the subject well.

Nigel Downes
Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, Glamorgan University
November 21, 2012

This has been needed for a while and we are recommending it on our PQ legal teaching . It is easy to follow and will make the most nervous future or current court practitioner more certain in what they have to do in court and importantly why !

Mr Simon Howard
Social Work, Health, Soc Care & Couns, Nottingham Trent University
November 21, 2012

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Clare Seymour

Clare Seymour is a registered social worker and qualified teacher at post-16 level. From 1998 until retiring in September 2009 she was senior lecturer in social work at Anglia Ruskin University, where she taught social work law, professional accountability and communication and interviewing skills to social work students at undergraduate and master’s level. Since leaving Anglia Ruskin University, she continues to work as a practice educator for social work degree students and as external examiner for the social work degree at Reading University. Her social work experience includes 16 years of local authority social work, latterly in a... More About Author

Richard B. Seymour

Richard Seymour is a senior circuit judge assigned to the Queens’ Bench Division of the High Court of Justice. He has a first class honours degree in law from Cambridge University. He was in practice as a barrister until 2000, was appointed QC in 1991, and has been a president of Mental Health Review Tribunals. He jointly edited Kemp & Kemp The Quantum of Damages, 4th ed, 1975, contributed the legal chapters to publications on practice and procedure for the quantity surveyor and the architect in practice. More About Author