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Social Workers Giving Evidence in Court

What's Important To Us

From time to time, social workers are called to give evidence in Court and this can be a challenging experience. It is important that you are well prepared and supported, and that you understand the legal process and know what is required of you.

Although the majority of our work involves diverting families from the court system, there will be times when the level of risk to a child means that the court may be involved in deciding on matters of care and safety. In these situations you may be required to give evidence in court. This can be challenging for social workers, but good preparation and support will make the process of giving evidence go smoothly.