Excellence in Statement and Report Writing (Safeguarding Level 3)

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About the course

Led by barristers and for paediatricians, this interactive course showcases examples of best practise and how to avoid common pitfalls. Delegates submit a professional witness report for our expert facilitators to critique.


The RCPCH are pleased to be working with our partners at Bond Solon in offering this one-day course. As part of their clinical practice, paediatricians will be required to produce statements or reports that will later be scrutinised. They may be used internally for audit or responding to complaints and externally in tribunals, inquiries, regulatory proceedings or the courts. All too often, excellent clinical knowledge and skills are undermined when statements or reports fall below an acceptable standard.

This course explores what is required from statements and reports. Paediatricians will identify the issues to be addressed and the relevant evidence to be included. They will use objective criteria to assess what has been written and receive feedback to help improve their skills.

Facilitator: Ms Francesca Burfield, Barrister 

About Bond Solon
Bond Solon is the UK's leading legal training company for non-lawyers. Over the past 21 years over 250,000 delegates have attended our training programmes. We work with a broad range of public and commercial organisations helping them to ensure that personnel are able to work to best practice standards with confidence and that they are aware of the legal framework in which they operate. Bond Solon delivers training throughout the UK and worldwide.

We are also the leading provider of legal training within the health sector and have worked with over 300 NHS trusts and health bodies. Since 1994 Bond Solon has been working closely with a large number of health groups to design and deliver training solutions which support practitioners to work confidently within the law and provide excellent clinical care. Our courses are CPD/CME approved.

Learning aims, objectives and outcomes

  • How to collect evidence more effectively by knowing how it is included in written evidence
  • How to use records and notes as the primary source of evidence on which the statement/report is written
  • How to identify the issues and the facts, and the source and weight of those facts
  • Using appropriate layout, format and style
  • Using written evidence as a tool to settle cases or as a basis for giving oral evidence
  • Dealing with exhibits, photographs, digital evidence and other graphics
  • Developing an objective and critical eye in relation to written evidence
  • The formalities including, if relevant, the rules governing statements/reports

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