Project 17

Training for advisers

27th June 2019: Training session on bringing civil claims against local authorities

We are running a special training session for voluntary sector workers on civil claims against local authorities arising out of applications for support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989. 
The session will cover:
  • The legal basis for a civil claim against a local authority arising out of an application for support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989
  • What factors to look out for to make a claim viable
  • Anonymised examples of claims brought to date and outcomes
  • What a civil claim can achieve for a client
  • How to fund a claim - legal aid and when it is available
  • Time limits to bring a claim 

The session will be run by Matthew Gold from Matthew Gold & Co. Ltd. Solicitors and will take place at 2-4pm on 27th June at 1 Pump Court Chambers, Elm Court, London EC4Y 7AH. 

Space is limited so please RSVP by emailing Amy Murtagh at amy.murtagh@project17.org.uk if you would like to attend.

We run training the following sessions for advisers and frontline workers assisting migrants with no recourse to public funds.

 

1. Local authority support for families with No Recourse to Public Funds

  • Understanding ‘no recourse to public funds’
  • Identifying immigration status and entitlements
  • Support for families: section 17 of the Children Act 1989
  • Changes resulting from the Immigration Act 2016
  • Child in need assessments and human rights assessments
  • Risks to requesting support
  • Common problems accessing support (and how to overcome them)

This is a full day course.

Upcoming dates

  • 11th July 2019 - Red Cross London

Where there are spaces on the course, to register your interest in attending, please complete this form. You will be contacted with further details within 2 weeks.

Further dates to be announced soon

 

2. Challenging refusals of support for families with NRPF 

This is a more advanced course for those who have attended Project 17's supporting families with no recourse to public fund training, or for those who regularly make Section 17 referrals. The course focuses on getting the best outcomes for families requesting support from local authorities. It helps workers prepare clients for assessments, anticipate refusals, and challenge negative decisions.

The course covers:

  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Common reasons for refusing support under s.17
  • Preparing effective referrals to minimise refusals
  • Responding to refusals and failures to assess
  • Accessing legal advice and representation

This is a full day course. 

10am-4:30pm

Next date: 

  • We have no current dates scheduled, however please check back later in June 2019 when further sessions should be advertised 

 

Where there are spaces on the course, to register your interest in attending, please complete this form. You will be contacted with further details within 2 weeks.

Further dates to be announced soon

 

We also offer in-house training for larger organisations that can be attended by up to 25 participants. Contact us if you are interested in hosting an in-house training session.

Some of our previous participants have said: 

"Excellent! Trainers clearly had very in-depth knowledge of the issues addressed by the training session. I feel like I have learned a lot!"

"Varied in content. Informative. Learnt new information and clarified things I thought I knew."

"Very informative session. I have learnt a lot. Every frontline worker should attend this course."

We have delivered training sessions to many organisations, including:

  • The Children’s Society
  • Refugee Council
  • Refugee Action
  • School Home Support
  • SHP
  • Refuge
  • Migrant Help
  • British Red Cross
 
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