This course focuses on writing detention, jurisdiction and disposition reports.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand proper writing techniques
  • Understand elements of writing for a legal audience vs. other styles of writing
  • Balance the child welfare worker’s voice with agency mandates
  • Understand how information provided or not provided causes continuances and contested hearings
  • Incorporate harm and danger statements/risk and safety analysis

Participants will learn to write effective court reports, taking into consideration temporary custody, custody warrant procedures, and facts versus evidence in report writing.

Note: Participants who have report writing experience will be invited to submit a report that they have written in advance of the training in order to make revisions/ modifications to the report in class.

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