Supporting good court craft: Practice Tool (2019)

Practice Tools and Guides
Published: Apr 2019
Author: Cheryl Page and Louise Johnstone

This resource, and the tools contained within it, supports people working in adult social care to:

  • develop their skills and knowledge in relation to writing for, and appearing at, court
  • feel more confident in their court craft
  • enable practice and decision-making which is transparent, evidence-informed, supportive of strengths-based practice and less open to challenge.

It does not provide detailed guidance on social care law or replicate guidance issued by the courts.

It provides:

  • An overview of the different types of court and the common circumstances or reasons why practitioners may be expected to attend.
  • Explanation of the different roles of the practitioner in court.
  • Guidance for everyday practice that supports defensible decision-making.
  • Guidance on writing statements and reports for court, including looking at the burden and standard of proof.
  • An overview of some of the key learning from case law related to social work practice.

The tools at the end of the resource offer guidance, templates and tips to support the professional development and maintenance of court craft skills and knowledge. They are relevant to all social care practitioners who may need to write for or attend court.

The tools can also be downloaded separately at: www.ripfa.org.uk/resources/court-craft

Supporting good court craft: Practice Tool (2019)