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Court of Protection report writing skills

  • Sean Collinge
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This session will be delivered by Barrister Ian Brownhill, Edge Training and Consultancy Ltdwww.edgetraining.org.uk


This course aims to identify key aspects of mental capacity law with reference to statute and the Code and to establish frameworks for the accurate recording of essential evidence. It will ensure staff are clear on good and bad recording techniques and will identify the key law to guide completion of the COP forms.

Please note: For this course to be successful, delegates must have had training on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and remind themselves of Sections 1-6 of the Act before attending.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will have:

  • Increased knowledge of mental capacity law and practice
  • Increased knowledge of the statutory frameworks and rules within which the court operates
  • Enhanced skills to deal with report writing and preparing evidence for the Court of Protection


The day will include the following key topics:

  • Court of Protection summary
  • Cases the court deals with – social care, finance and medical
  • COP3 form – assessing capacity for court applications
  • Mental Capacity- case law recap
  • Exercise 1- Assessing mental capacity case study
  • Assessing capacity- case law examples of good and bad evidence
  • COP24- assessing best interests for court applications
  • Best Interests – overview and detail on the checklist
  • Best interests – hierarchy, balance of probabilities etc.
  • Best Interests- Risk & duty of care
  • Exercise 2- best Interests & evidencing the balance sheet
  • Best Interests- case law
  • Before going to court…
  • Types of evidence.

*This event is only open to social workers and practitioners working in social care within our Partner organisations, comprising of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Islington councils, the charity Norwood and Middlesex University.

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