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Child Development & Communication 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.**

The course is aimed at Registered Intermediaries working across the justice system with children.  Assisting very young children and older children can be very rewarding but it isn’t always a child’s play!   Many intermediaries work in isolation, wondering perhaps if the assistance they’re providing is correct.

This course gives the opportunity to further understand how communication develops and how cognitive, psychological and linguistic development influences the completeness, coherence and accuracy of children’s evidence.

This day also offers an opportunity to discuss approaches, resources, recent research and much more.

Intermediaries who do not work with children currently or have not done so for many years should be aware that in order to extend their skill sets and to fulfil competency requirements course attendance must be combined with additional CPD (e.g. nursery placement) before pursuing work as an Intermediary with the child population.

Course structure:

  • How does thinking work?  Do we think using language?  Can thinking be separated from language?
  • Impact of a language delay/difficulty
  • How can a language need or a vulnerability be defined?  How to justify the need for intermediary assistance
  • Sharing communication – is everyone using the same language?
  • Conceptual development and how it impacts evidence (e.g. prepositions, time, theory of mind, body parts)
  • Every reasonable step – case law and notable cases
  • Successful Communication – Child, Adult, Context
  • Asking the right questions in the right way – small group opportunities to consider, discuss and amend evidential questions

The course will be run in the form of a small group workshop with high levels of participation and sharing of knowledge and ideas. Prepared slides/handouts guide the process rather than impart information. The training will involve different ways of presenting information in order to consider people’s different learning preferences and styles.

The City Law School and the School of Health Sciences will deliver this CPD course in conjunction with Intermediaries for Justice (IfJ). This course is for IfJ members only and will be delivered by 'Olwen Cockell', Sarah Barker, Dr Kevin Smith and 'Professor Lucy Henry'.

For further information on IfJ and how to become a member please visit IfJ's website.

Course outcomes

Course outcomes

Having attended the course participants will have:

  • A basic understanding of how we think, learn, process and respond to the world around us
  • A basic understanding of the symbolic nature of language and how we use a shared symbolic code to communicate and interact
  • An appreciation of the merits and drawbacks of standardised assessments
  • An understanding of the pervasive impact of a language difficulty
  • An understanding of the effects of a child’s developing language ability upon ‘complete, coherent and accurate evidence’
  • Knowledge of practical ways to elicit a child’s ‘best’ evidence
  • An understanding of notable case law and how it has influenced the cross-examination in recent years