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  1. Continuing Professional Development
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Intermediaries Working with Defendants - One Day Course CPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

**Due to the ongoing & evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, all CPD courses have been cancelled until further notice. Delegates who have already booked onto a course will be offered full refunds in due course.**

This course is for intermediaries who have completed a one-day basic workshop on 'Working with Defendants (WwD)' and would now like to extend and further develop their skills and strategies for working with vulnerable defendants.  

This course will provide a forum for further professional development for those intermediaries who have already started working in this field, by evaluating the current challenges in the court approach to the use of intermediaries, offer the opportunity to discuss controversies in our work e.g. boundaries, asserting our role, and consider how we may develop the professionalism of the role further.

Participants will share their experiences as well as being provided with other real (anonymised) cases to discuss. The course will help participants look at solutions to more complex issues. We will also spend some time on the real practice of simplifying language.

We will consider:

  • The current case law and court approach and how this is impacting on this work – the good the bad and the ugly.
  • Case studies – particularly with regard to assessment and recommendations
  • Working with suspects – the process and our role
  • Emotional resilience and conflict in the justice system

The City Law School will deliver this CPD course in conjunction with Intermediaries for Justice (IfJ). The course will be run in the form of a small group workshop with high levels of participation and sharing of knowledge and ideas.

Course Facilitators: Paula Backen, Rachel Cohen and Robin Sellers.