This online training tool - developed by TALE - is designed to support legal practitioners in making the legal process more sensitive to the rights and needs of child clients. Children’s special and dependent status creates distinct difficulties for them in pursuing remedies for breaches of their rights. Legal practitioners play a central role in ensuring that the legal process is both effective and child-friendly.
The course is made up of the following modules:
Ethics: Professional Ethics of Working with Children
1. Meeting with and Taking Instructions from Children
2. Giving Children Information and Advice
3. Drafting Key Docments for Formal Proceedings
4. Presenting the Child's Voice in Formal Proceedings
5. Acting on Decisions
6. Strategic Litigation and International Remedies
This training was developed by Professor Helen Stalford, Dr Sarah Woodhouse and Jeremy Marshall of the University of Liverpool in collaboration with Liam Cairns and young people from the UK children’s rights organisation, Investing in Children, Rosalind Compton (Coram Children’s Legal Centre), Solange Valdez-Symonds (Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens), Mital Raithatha (JustForKids Law), and Anna Skehan (Islington Law Centre).