To achieve the Children Law accreditation, you must undertake mandatory training on an approved children-law course before submitting an application.
Applicants who meet the initial eligibility checks will then be invited to an interview at the Law Society in London.
You no longer need to submit case reports as part of the initial application process.
You will need to apply for an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), whether pursuing an initial or re-accreditation application. As enhanced DBS checks can take up to six weeks, we strongly advise applicants to start the process as soon as possible, as failure to complete the process will result in the application being refused.
We can accept an existing enhanced disclosure provided that it is not more than three months old at the date the Accreditation Office receives your application. Please note that we may request additional enhanced DBS checks to be undertaken at any point after your accreditation or re-accreditation.
How to apply
Step 1: Mandatory initial training
Prior to submitting your application, you must undertake and successfully complete a three-day initial training course provided by an approved training provider (PDF 48kb):
- BPP Professional Education (Leeds, London and Manchester)
- Central Law Training Ltd (Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester)
- MBL Seminars Ltd (Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester and Newcastle)
- SM Lecturing
You should submit your application within six months of successfully completing the training.
Step 2: Complete the application form and submit with the supporting documents
Before you begin, please ensure that you read the general scheme application criteria and guidance (PDF 125kb) and the children law application form guidance notes (PDF 426kb) to help you complete your application.
Please complete and submit the application form (Word 320kb) together with the required supporting documents as outlined in the form and application form guidance notes (PDF 426kb).
Step 3: Assessment and award of accreditation
Upon receipt of your application it will be checked and the accreditation office will notify you if any further information is required at that stage. You will then be invited to interview before a panel of two of the scheme's assessors.
When you attend the interview, you will be provided with a case study scenario, which will be given to you an hour before the scheduled time for your interview. The scenario concerns issues around children-law matters and proceedings and you will have to consider how best to represent and advise your client and deal with the issues of law, procedure and evidence which arise. These matters will be tested by questions asked in the accreditation interview.
You may bring a reference book, such as the Family Procedure Rules, for this part of the assessment.
We advise that you allow two hours for the interview process. For full details please see our scheme guidance notes (PDF 125kb).
Following attendance at the interview, the accreditation office will notify you of the outcome of your application. This process can take around six to eight weeks, providing all necessary information has been provided. On occasions of high application volume, applications may take longer to process.
A fee is applicable for each application. See the fee schedule for full details of accreditation costs.
If you have any questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to contact our accreditation office for guidance:
Phone: 020 7320 5797