Intermediaries in the Family Courts

IfJ training: Small group trainings

Event details


10 Feb 2023


Friday 10th February
Registration at 09:15


Zoom Online
United Kingdom

Event Fees

One-day course £ 150.00

Booking info

Max participants: 20

Course facilitator(s): Amy Harrison and Nicola Lewis

Course facilitator(s) bio:

Amy and Nicola are Registered Intermediaries and HMCTS Appointed Intermediaries, specialising in Family Court work. 

As well as having worked on a large number of family cases as intermediaries, Amy and Nicola bring their experiences to the training from working in other non-intermediary roles related to the family court. Amy has worked as a Local Authority solicitor, foster carer and adopter. She is also Vice Chair of the fostering panel of an independent Fostering Agency. Nicola has also worked as a public and private law solicitor and still works as an accredited family mediator.

Course requirements: IfJ full member

Who is this course for: Intermediaries who work in the criminal courts who would like to transition across.

The training is an introduction for intermediaries to working in the family courts. Participants will learn about the matters in issue in family law cases, the legal framework, potential outcomes and how to work in the role of the intermediary in the family court process.

Course Content

Participants will:

  1. Learn the key similarities and differences in working in the criminal vs. family courts
  2. Understand the law and procedure in the family courts
  3. Be introduced to the difference between public and private family law 
  4. Follow a public law case through from the issue of proceedings to the final hearing and beyond
  5. Be familiar with what documentation is available in the family courts and what may assist in the intermediary's work
  6. Learn about who the potential participants are and who intermediaries will encounter in court
  7. Consider the Family Procedure Rules and Directions applicable to vulnerable people and participation in the family courts
  8. Learn about the factors which Judges must consider when making their decisions in the family court 
  9. Learn about how to become an approved Family Court intermediary and what is required of you in the role
  10. Understand the role of children in the family court (and Re W)
  11. Be introduced to the concept of 'capacity' in the family court, and how to work with an individual who does not have capacity 
  12. Learn about working with litigants in person in the family court 

Course Aims and Objectives

The training is an introduction to the work of intermediaries in the family courts aimed primarily a intermediaries who work in the criminal courts who would like to transition across.

Course Method

The course is run in the form of a small group training. 

We are aiming this training at Intermediaries who have already taken cases and worked in the criminal courts with both witnesses and possibly also defendants.

We follow IfJ's template for small group trainings and seek to take into account different learning styles. We will endeavour to ensure that learning is accessible to all. We will consider any requirement for pre-course reading and we will seek feedback after the course. 

The following materials are provided:

  • Timetable
  • Glossary of terms
  • Powerpoint presentations
  • Course notes
  • Guidance for further reading/bibliography

- Participants to log on 15 minutes prior to start of each session.

- It is required that all participants keep their cameras on throughout the workshop.

- Participants to complete online feedback form post workshop.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your booking with 14 or more days notice, you will receive a full refund minus a £15 admin charge. If you cancel your booking with less than 48 hours' notice, we are unfortunately unable to offer a refund. However, you may substitute another delegate or transfer to another course by giving IfJ at least 24 hours’ notice.

In exceptional circumstances IfJ reserve the right to issue a full refund. Please inform us at the time of cancellation of your particular reason for cancelling. If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please do so by emailing:

We will endeavour to respond to all cancellation requests within two working days. Refunds will be made using the same method of payment as you used for the purchase and will be paid within seven days of refund confirmation.

Places are limited to a maximum of 20 participants. There is a minimum requirement of 12 participants. If the minimum number is not met, IfJ reserve the right to cancel the course with at least two weeks' notice and a full refund will be issued.