Domestic Abuse and Child Contact – Half Day Training

The aim of this half day training is to build a solid understanding of the issues surrounding domestic abuse and child contact, providing the delegates with the confidence and knowledge to deal with the issue effectively in their work setting.

There will be a particular focus on the law of contact, the court processes around court ordered contact and common issues experienced by women and children involved in these court processes.

By the end of the session delegates will be able to:
• Understand an overview of the law and policy in Scotland in relation to child contact and domestic abuse
• Reflect on challenges and barriers within the current systems, including the gendered nature of ‘professional dangerousness’
• Identify key principles for ensuring the rights, voice, and best interests of the child is central to decision making on contact in the context of domestic abuse
• Reflect on current practice through case studies.

The facilitator - Gillian Baker is Women and Children’s Solicitor at the Domestic Abuse Transitions Advice Project in Stirling and Consultant Solicitor at Baker Gostelow Family Law in South Lanarkshire. Developing a keen interest in family law and violence against women early in her career, Gillian provided a free legal surgery to women in prostitution in Glasgow throughout her traineeship. She was a solicitor in a Law Centre’s domestic abuse project and a solicitor in private practice before starting her own family law firm in Lanarkshire in 2003. Gillian represents clients both in and out of court, specialising in family and child law. She has considerable expertise in the law of domestic abuse and headed up a domestic abuse project in North Lanarkshire through 2007 and 2008 under a Scottish Executive Community Safety Partnership Award.  Gillian is often appointed by the Sheriff Court to provide independent reports in child residence, contact and adoption cases

Event typeHalf Day Training
Time10.00am – 1.00pm (tea/coffee & registration at 9.45am)
VenueSWA Office, 2nd Floor, 132 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JD
Cost£45 per statutory sector delegate/£30 per voluntary sector delegate/£15 Cedar group-worker

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Staying Safe

If you need immediate help contact Women's Aid, the police domestic abuse liaison officer or your local social work office.

You can also phone Scotland's domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline on 0800 027 1234

Facts & Figures

On one day in Scotland in 2013, 809 women and 319 children and young people were supported by a Women's Aid group (SWA 2013)

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