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OPEN TRAINING PROGRAMME 2016-2017 starting October 2016

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Each of our training courses is designed, updated at least annually to take account of the latest legislation and good practice guidelines, and delivered by our solicitors. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Multiple course bookings apply.

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The Scottish Child Law Centre is a recognised leader in the provision of training on children’s rights and the law, as it affects children in Scotland. We provide a twice yearly programme of training courses which cover a wide range of topics and issues. Courses are designed to work in combination and as stand alone courses.

Training is provided by qualified solicitors working within SCLC. Each course is an intensive learning experience in a relaxed and intimate environment at our Edinburgh office; attendance is limited to 10 places. Courses run from 12.30pm to 4.00 pm (half day) or 9.30am to 4.00pm (full day). We are a 15 minute walk from Waverly Rail Station, allowing for travel from most parts of Scotland. The training sets out the legal framework for the topic with the use of scenarios, case studies, questions and informal discussion to provide practical application for those working with children in a range of contexts.

Each course is reworked and updated every year to reflect current law, guidance and good practice. These courses represent exceptional value for money and have received very positive feedback from candidates since we instituted the open training four years ago. Our Training may count towards CPD in many roles.

The following courses were run in 2015-2016. The new 2016-2017 course programme will include our most popular courses and a new course under development. If you have suggestions for inclusion in our training programme please contact us.

Child Protection and Best Practice  HALF DAY

Understanding Education Law HALF DAY

Children's Hearings for Advocacy Workers and Representatives FULL DAY

Contact - The Rights and Needs of Adults and Children FULL DAY

Children's Hearings - Introductory Course HALF DAY

Additional Support Needs - Issues to Tribunal  FULL DAY

A Beginners Guide To Understanding Adoption Law HALF DAY

The Sexually Active Child HALF DAY

The Looked After Child HALF DAY

All Open Training courses are held in SCLC office from 12.30-4.00pm (half day) or 9.30am-4.00pm (full day)


What do previous candidates think about their training experience?


"The SCLC training events have developed a formidable reputation among practitioners for robust analysis of the current law and legal processes and forensic dissection of their shortcomings" Scottish Legal News Annual Review 2015

'It will help me loads in my role with children. I wish I'd had the training months ago'. 

‘Very informative and interesting training course’ – Children’s refuge/follow on worker.

'Working as a support worker with young people, I found the course extremely useful'. 

Clarified many grey areas that I will be able to address within my workplace’ – Service Manager

‘As a Children’s Rights Officer who has looked after children and young people, many of who have been sexually or otherwise abused or committed sexual offences against other children; I felt the course was really interesting and hope to use what I have learned while working with young people and professionals.

‘Good anecdotes to bring PowerPoint to life and help me remember it’ – Young Person’s Advocacy Worker (Mental Health)

‘Will be interesting to see how this law is used in practice. Very concise, well-presented and helpful, illustrated stories and anecdotes’.

‘Feel the course useful and very informative’  - Depute Head Teacher, Support.

‘Engaging, knows the topic very well'.

‘Clear, concise, accommodating of our questions plus specific concerns-whilst maintaining the reality that only in doing can you really learn and question adequately.  Good advice about who and when to call as we are doing so’

‘Good understanding of domestic abuse and ethos of putting children first’.

‘Very passionate and inspiring’ – Children’s Worker

 'Inspirational trainer'

Open Training Costs 

Half Day:
Students, Small Voluntary Organisations
Other                                                  £70.00

 Full Day (lunch included):

 Students, Small Voluntary Organisations £110.00

 Other                                                   £130.00                                                              


10% Discount available to Members of the Scottish Child Law Centre.
10% Discount for multiple course bookings, and for multiple candidates booked by one organisation.
Introduce an Organisation to the Centre that has not previously received Group training and you can either attend an Open Training course Free of Charge or Receive a 50% Discount on the next Training that your Organisation books.



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