The degree course was introduced in Jersey in September 2019 in partnership with the University of Sussex who are co-teaching the course with a local team of lecturers for the first three years of the course. However, the course does not currently cover the unique elements of Jersey law.
The Dean of the Institute of Law, Professor David Marrani, Ph.D, commented, “We are delighted to be able to provide our guidance and knowledge to this prestigious degree in Jersey. Jersey social laws are different to UK social laws, so once students have completed their degree it will help to build a highly skilled workforce of social workers who will understand how social law works in Jersey”.
The Jersey Social Work Laws Certificate will cover 3 key elements of social work that are unique to Jersey. These are the Jersey Legal System, The Laws Related to Children and The Laws Related to Adults.
The certificate has been created exclusively by the Jersey Institute of Law and will be run by the Institute’s lecturer, Claire Davies. Mrs Davies is one of a select number of local advocates able to represent children in respect of Public Law proceedings under the Children’s Panel guidelines. She has also served as Chair of the Committee of the Jersey Family Law Association.
The certificate course will also be available to people involved in social work, such as social workers, health professionals, the police, teachers and charities. The course can be taken as a full certificate or as individual CPD sessions.
The Jersey Social Work Laws Certificate course will start in February 2020 and applications to attend can be made via the Institute of Law website (https://www.lawinstitute.ac.je/jersey-social-work-laws-certificate/)
This year, the Institute of Law is offering two free places on each iteration of the course for anyone who is employed by a charity supporting children or adults and listed on the Charity Commissioner’s database. These spaces will be allocated on first come first served basis.