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Course Summary 
This half day course covers all the “essentials” on child development, how children of various ages and stages might be affected by parental separation and family breakdown. 
We also consider how parents’ capacity to parent may be compromised by the relationship breakdown and what help might be needed. 
We shall look in detail at how to help parents work better together in this context and to focus on their children. What does “listen to children/the voice of the child” really mean? 
As a family lawyer you will be more skilled to positively influence short and longer term outcomes for children, young people and help their parent/s to parent along the way. 

Speaker - Ruth Smallacombe 

Ruth is a senior accredited mediator and counsellor, practice consultant and trainer of mediators, lawyers and therapists. She has over 30 years’ experience in family, mental health and human relations, both in the public and private sectors. For further information on Ruth please click here. 

Who is this course for / Who should attend? 

The course is suitable for all Family Law professionals. 

Key learning objectives 

Key learning points 

Learn the essentials of child development. 
Update on research related to children and family arrangements post separation. 
Understand how and when to deal directly with difficult, intransigent parent/s and refer on if needed. 
How to encourage parents to “co-parent” post separation and to support their children. 
How to tune in to the “voice of the child”. 
Consider how and if Court or other interventions are required. 

By the end of the course you will be able to 

Have a knowledge base of research and child development. 
Have the ability to share information with parents in a productive way. 
Be clear about what process or intervention is most helpful in particular circumstances. 
Appreciate how to make a situation better for families in the future, rather than worse. 


09.00 - 09.30 
Registration and Coffee 
09.30 - 11.00 
First Session 
11.00 - 11.15 
Tea / Coffee Break 
11.15 - 12.45 
Second Session 
12.45 - 13.45 

Standard Delegate Rates 

When being run as a public course this 1 day event will typically have a delegate rate of £250.00 + VAT 
Discounts are also available for bookings of 3 delegates or more. For further information please contact 
In addition this course can be run as an in-house training session. Prices will depend on location and numbers of delegates attending. For a detailed proposal please contact us at 
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