Current courses

“Rights of Women training has enabled me to provide well informed advice & information to empower women to make choices – and has increased my confidence.” 

 

We provide high quality, practical training courses for practitioners working with women on key areas of law affecting women. Our courses cover a range of legal issues including family law, criminal law, immigration and asylum law.

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Family law in the news

 

Helping survivors access family law legal aid 

 

Applying for legal aid (exceptional case funding) in immigration cases

 

Advocating for Mothers involved with Children’s Social Care Services as a result of domestic violence

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helping survivors access family law legal aid

Earlier this year the government introduced changes to the types of evidence survivors can provide to access family law legal aid.  All professionals working with survivors of VAWG will find it helpful to know what to do if they are called upon to provide such evidence. The course will cover:

  • What is legal aid?
  • When is family law legal aid available?
  • Why you (professionals working in statutory or voluntary organisations who come into contact with survivors) may be asked to provide evidence to help survivors access legal aid
  • Practical tips on preparing evidence for survivors

 

“Very impressively presented, managed to make the training accessible, engaging and interesting, brilliantly delivered, thank you!”

– Refuge Support Worker

 

“Very informative and practical skill based service, which is accessible for the lay person supporting VAWG survivors”

– Housing and Safeguarding Coordinator

 

“I learned a lot in only a few hours. Great and knowledgeable teacher. Useful links and websites”

– Support Worker (Homelessness)  

 

Who should attend? It is open to all professionals working in London boroughs on violence against women and girls issues from the community, voluntary and statutory sectors including refuge workers, IDVAs, ISVAs, social workers, housing officers, police officers, education professionals and health professionals. It is also open to Commissioners and Local Authority Officers responsible for commissioning violence against women services.

 

 

 

Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

London EC2

FREE

Eligibility:  professionals providing services in London

Download application form

 

 

Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Barking IG11

FREE

Eligibility:  professionals providing services in London

Download application form

 

 

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

London N1

FREE

Eligibility:  professionals providing services in London

Download application form

 

 

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Hounslow

FREE

Eligibility:  professionals providing services in London

FULLY BOOKED 

 

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Wandsworth SW17

FREE

Eligibility:  professionals providing services in London

FULLY BOOKED 

 

 

Tuesday, 27th November 2018, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Leytonstone E11

FREE

Eligibility:  professionals providing services in London

FULLY BOOKED 

 

Wednesday, 21st November  2018, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Bromley BR6

FREE

Eligibility:  professionals providing services in London

 

Tuesday, 25th September 2018, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Sutton

FREE

Eligibility:  Priority for  professionals providing services in Sutton, Merton or Croydon

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 18th September 2018, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Brent

FREE

Eligibility:  Priority for  professionals providing services in Brent, Harrow or Barnet

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 28th June 2018, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

London EC2

FREE

Eligibility:  Priority for  professionals providing services in Hackney, Newham or Tower Hamlets

 

 

Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Surrey Quays

FREE

Eligibility:  Priority for  professionals providing services in Lambeth, Southwark or Lewisham

 

 

Wednesday, 20th June 2018, 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

King’s Cross

FREE

Eligibility:  Priority for  professionals providing services in Camden, City of London or Islington

 

 

 

Applying for legal aid (exceptional case funding) in immigration cases

Following government cuts in 2013, legal aid is no longer routinely available in most areas of immigration law. However, an individual may still be able to get legal aid by applying for ‘exceptional case funding’. Exceptional case funding is a type of legal aid that is available to individuals who make an application and can show their human rights or European Union rights would be breached if they did not have legal aid.

 

Rights of Women’s Exceptional Case Funding project aims to improve access to legal advice and representation for women in England & Wales who have been victims of domestic or sexual violence or abuse. Since 2017 all of the women we have supported to apply for exceptional case funding have been granted legal aid to help them with their immigration case.

 

On this course, you will learn how to help women apply for exceptional case funding to assist them with their immigration case. Topics we will cover include:

  • What is Exceptional Case Funding
  • What is ‘in scope’ and ‘out of scope’ of immigration legal aid
  • The Exceptional Case Funding criteria
  • The means and merits criteria for immigration legal aid

How to apply for Exceptional Case Funding in immigration cases

 

Friday, 1st February 2019,  10.00 am to 4.30 pm

London EC1

FREE

Eligibility:  Priority for  professionals who support women in England & Wales who have been victims of domestic or sexual violence or abuse. 

FULLY BOOKED

 

 

 

Family law in the news

Family law features frequently in the news.  This is your opportunity to understand the law behind some of the headlines and how they may impact upon your service users:

  • British court recognises Sharia law in landmark divorce case” [www.telegraph.co.uk] What did the judge actually decide in Nasreen Akhter’s case? What impact will this have on other marriages which have not been legally registered?
  • Denying widow’s allowance to unmarried mother ruled illegal” [www.theguardian.com] Why is this case important? What should cohabiting couples be aware of?
  • Divorce law revolution puts end to blame game” [www.thetimes.co.uk] Why has Trini Owens been denied a divorce and are we any closer to “no-fault” divorces?
  • Domestic abuse victims call for family courts overhaul” [www.bbc.co.uk] What are the biggest challenges that survivors face in the Family Court and are there opportunities for change with the Domestic Abuse Bill?

 

Who should attend? It is open to all professionals working in London boroughs on violence against women and girls issues from the community, voluntary and statutory sectors including refuge workers, IDVAs, ISVAs, social workers, housing officers, police officers, education professionals and health professionals. It is also open to Commissioners and Local Authority Officers responsible for commissioning violence against women services

Wednesday, 13th February 2019,  10.00 am to 1.00 pm

London E15

FREE

Eligibility:  Priority for  professionals providing services in London only

Download application form

 

 

 

 

Advocating for Mothers involved with Children’s Social Care Services as a result of domestic violence

 

The law and processes relating to children’s social care are complex and frequently changing. This course will clarify the duties local authorities have to support children and families, and will set out the proper procedures that should be followed when there is a genuine concern for a child’s welfare and/or safety.

By the end of the day participants will:

Ÿ Have gained an understanding of the law and processes in relation to
family support.

Ÿ Have a basic understanding of the law and processes relating to child
protection.

Ÿ Understand the duties of local authorities to involve families in
planning for their children.

Ÿ Be able to confidently support and advocate for mothers who are in
contact with social care services when domestic violence is the main issue
of concern.

18th January 2019,  9.30 am to 4.00 pm

or

15th March 2019,  9.30 am to 4.00 pm

London 

FREE

Eligibility:  Domestic violence workers

Apply via Family Rights Group website: HERE 

 

 

 

more training coming soon, watch this space!

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Rights of Women,
52-54 Featherstone Street,
London, EC1Y 8RT.
Administration: 020 7251 6575
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