Re-accreditation

Children Law Accreditation logoOur Children Law Accreditation is a recognised quality standard for practitioners representing children in children law proceedings.

Membership lasts for three years.

You can apply for re-accreditation up to three months before your accreditation expires.

Re-accreditation is a way of assuring clients and key stakeholders that you’re up to date with changes in children law practice and procedure.

Step 1: EDBS checks

You’ll need to apply for an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Enhanced DBS (EDBS) checks can take up to six weeks, so we recommend that you start the process as soon as possible.

Your application will be refused if you do not complete the process.

We can accept an existing EDBS if it’s less than three months old when we receive your application.

We may ask for additional checks at any point after your re-accreditation.

Step 2: Read the guidance

Before you begin your application, read the re-accreditation guidance notes (PDF 402 KB).

Step 3: Complete the form

Complete the re-accreditation form (Word 309 KB).

Step 4: Submit your application

Your completed application is made up of:

  • your re-accreditation application form
  • copy of EDBS check
  • two anonymised case reports of cases completed in past 12 months
  • a copy of your anonymised skeleton argument, written submissions or detailed position statement
  • records of continuing professional development for past three years

Do not send files larger than 18 MB. If necessary, send your supporting documents in separate emails.

Submit your application by email

Step 5: Assessment

Our accreditations team will review and assess your application. We’ll let you know if we need any more information from you.

If you meet our initial eligibility checks, we’ll send you a case study scenario and a set of questions.

You must return your answers to the accreditation office by email or post within 14 days.

We’ll send your completed application to one of our assessors.

Step 6: Pay the re-accreditation fee

We’ll send you an invoice when we receive your application.

The re-accreditation fee is £618 (VAT included).

Read more about the cost of the accreditation

Step 7: Re-accreditation

Our accreditation team will let you know the outcome of your application once we’ve received your payment.

This process takes around six to eight weeks. It can take longer if we receive high volumes of applications or if you do not give us all the information we need.

Appeals

If your application is unsuccessful, we’ll refund your membership fee.

You may appeal against our decision.

Read our appeals policy

Contact us

Call: 020 7320 5797

Email: accreditation@lawsociety.org.uk

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday