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Essential Guide to the Childrens Court

Children’s Courts, what do I need to know?

If you’re going to a children’s court you can’t just turn up and hope for the best!  It’s a scary place with lots of very confident professional looking people rushing around speaking their own language and Jargon, it is generally expected that every day people have no idea what is going on!   No one has the time or the inclination to put you at ease and to explain everything, most people just go and hope for the best having no idea what to do, or have any idea of what is actually happening, you can tell by the lost look most people have on their faces!

If you’re having to go to court for yourself, you need to at least have a basic understanding of how it works and what is going on.

You need to know:

  • What it is actually like to go to court
  • How the system works, step by step
  • Know what all the key words / terms used
  • Who all the professionals are – where do they come from, what do they do
  • What everyone does (their roles and responsibilities)
  • What each type ‘court hearing’ does
  • What type of ‘reports’ could be asked for
  • What could happen, what the judge might want to happen
  • What all the Court Orders all mean and do
  • What Court Order you need

It’s hard enough for someone used to going to court, but for just everyday people it is daunting confusing and frankly terrifying!

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Working with Children with Hidden Disabilities

What are hidden disabilities?

At a basic level a hidden disability is an impairment or difficulty a person has that is not apparent to others.  This may apply to visual impairments, mental impairments, learning difficulties, dexterity difficulty or those who are hard of hearing.  The list is enormous!  Hidden disabilities includes:

Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism, Asperger’s, Dyscalculia, ADHD, Epilepsy, Diabetes, Chronic fatigue, Heart conditions….   The list goes on!

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What is Child Protection?

Child protection is something all people working with children should know a lot about, not only be able to identify the different types of abuse, but most of all know what to do.  

Abuse takes many different forms these are broken down into four main ‘types of abuse’:

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Communication in the Work Place

How we communicate, the good and the bad news…

Unfortunately we only separated from Chimpanzees three million years ago, until only a few thousand years ago we were cave men (or women) …..  We just haven’t had time to evolve!

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What Are Hidden Disabilities?

It took years and a lot of pressure from me for my son to be tested for dyslexia and given the help he needed, he went from a child who was struggling academically to a child who is in all the top sets at school.  The school he was at categorized him as not particularly bright and naughty.  Even after he was diagnosed one teacher told me that she didn’t ‘believe in dyslexia’, words I had heard in my own childhood.  

Im now 41 and also dyslexic, looking back at my own childhood I was never diagnosed at primary or secondary school, in fact it was in my third year of university when I asked to be tested.  In primary school I was left in the art room for the majority of my time at school, I remember watching the other children being taught English and Math’s in the other classroom.  I myself worked out at the beginning of secondary school what my condition was after watching a tv programme about it.  It took me five years to get to the top sets and to catch up to my friends.   The usual excuse was that dyslexia was not known about ‘in those days’ but the fact is that it really was, it was in the news and it was on the tv, I know I remember.

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