Medical Evidence in Child Abuse Cases Conference-March 2010

Friday 12 February 2010

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Garden Court barrister Ian Peddie QC, will be a speaker at the Medical Evidence in Child Abuse Cases Conference 2010, taking place on 3 March 2010 (09:50 to 17:00).

This conference combines national policy discussions with practical advice on the use of medical evidence in child abuse cases. Join lawyers, doctors, child protection professionals and other stakeholders to get up-to-the-minute information on:

  • System responses and reforms following Victoria Climbie and after Baby P
  • Medico-legal perspectives on meeting the courts' evidential expectations
  • Key pointers on the selection and use of expert witnesses
  • Updates on the latest medical news and case law
  • Ensuring clear lines of communication for effective case and information management

Underpinning some of the most controversial and complex cases of alleged child abuse is the medical evidence presented in court. Baby P and most recently Kyra Ishaq continue to make the news and heighten public concern about the effectiveness of child protection in the UK. The 2010 Medical Evidence in Child Abuse Cases Conference programme has been designed to combine discussion of the challenges faced by child care professionals, when both protecting children and prosecuting offenders, and to provide the latest information on effective case management in this difficult area.

Family Law is also delighted to announce that Lord Laming will deliver a keynote address on the State's role in child protection and outline a route map going forward. One of the UK's foremost experts in the area of child protection, Lord Laming was Chair of the public inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie and most recently author of the Government's progress report on The Protection of Children in England.

The expert speaker panel at this year's conference will address these very real issues facing practitioners and share their many years' experience alongside their understanding of medical terminology and legal practice. They will provide practical guidance on the challenges faced when collecting medical evidence, as well as assessing its strengths and weaknesses to determine how it impacts your case. Thoughtful and targeted commentary will also be provided on choosing and using expert witnesses, presenting evidence to the courts and effective case management.

With a national audience, the conference will provide a first-rate opportunity to meet fellow practitioners from legal, medical and child protection backgrounds. Delegates will also benefit from the extensive written materials prepared by the speakers especially for this conference, as well as a 20% discount on selected Family Law products.

Who should attend?

  • Family and criminal lawyers
  • Local Authority lawyers
  • CPS lawyers
  • Doctors and healthcare professionals
  • Child protection officers working for
  • Local authorities
  • Social Services
  • The police
  • Schools

To book this conference please click here

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