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Care proceeding document templates

The Law Society has developed the following tools to help you to draft documents in care proceedings following the revised public law outline, which is now being implemented on a pilot basis.

The four templates below are considered by the judiciary to be examples of good practice in line with the revised public law outline.

Drafting care proceedings

This document contains guidance on drafting and using the following documents for use in care proceedings:

  • threshold statements
  • case summaries
  • schedules of proposed findings
  • position statements
  • skeleton arguments
  • draft case-management orders

This guidance has been drafted in conjunction with members of the senior judiciary.

Download the drafting care proceedings guidance (PDF 89kb) 

Template threshold statement

A threshold statement should be a simple one or two page document, setting out which thresholds have been satisfied to necessitate a care proceeding. The introductory paragraph should be very brief and should go no further than the wording in the suggested template.

Download the template threshold statement (Word 233kb) 

Template local authority case summary

The case summary is a document outlining the circumstances and details of the case, including information on significant persons and the position of each party. It should be drafted in neutral terms if it cannot be agreed between the parties.

Download the template local authority case summary (Word 288kb)

Template schedule of proposed findings

The court will direct the local authority to draft a schedule of proposed findings if the threshold statement is not agreed, is actively opposed, or if findings are considered to be necessary in the circumstances of a case.

The schedule of proposed findings should plead the most significant and relevant incidents upon which findings are required rather than plead every incident which has occurred.

Download the template schedule of proposed findings (Word 236kb)

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