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The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers – ACAL

 

ACAL PANEL – Assessment Criteria for Assessors

 

 

 

FIRSTLY

 

  1. Are all questions fully answered?
  2. Are all answers legible?
  3. Is the declaration at the end signed and dated?
  4. Has a cheque been sent with the application?

 

IF NOT, PLEASE RETURN THE APPLICATION TO THE APPLICANT.

 

Reference is now made to the questionnaire – numbering adopted.

 

ABOUT YOU

 

  1. Is applicant a member of the PI panel?

 

If not, is the applicant a member of an equivalent organisation – eg. AVMA panel; Litigator/ Fellow/ Senior Fellow of CPIL. If the remainder of the answers would suggest a competent individual in this area, then the requirement for PI panel membership may be relaxed.

 

ABOUT YOUR FIRM

 

  1. How many other fee earners undertake PI work? (If applicant is the only one, there may be problems over supervision)

 

  1. How many other fee earners undertake child abuse claims (the bigger the team, the more likely there will be effective procedures in place re: secondary traumatisation/ assistance/ supervision).

 

  1. How many non-fee earning staff? (relevant to issues of secondary traumatisation and confidentiality).

 

  1. Supervision – is this OK?

 

ABOUT YOUR CASELOAD

 

  1. % of caseload which are PI/ Clinical negligence claims – Are they specialists?

 

  1. % of caseload which are child abuse claims – suggest at least 10% of cases need to be child abuse claims to qualify.

 

  1. Other work – other relevant areas may be family/ criminal work.

 

  1. Proportion acting for defendants – it is not expected that this will be a positive answer in most cases – if it is, need to look carefully at proportion. Suggest that child abuse work should be predominantly claimant based.

 

  1. Last 3 years – suggest at least 15 cases.

 

  1. Look at spread of cases – are they truly “experienced” practitioners in this area?

 

  1. Look at spread of cases – are they truly “experienced” practitioners in this area?

 

  1. Co-ordinators – if have done, suggest these individuals are definitely specialists.

 

  1. “Live” cases – suggest at least 5 currently.

 

OTHER ISSUES

 

  1. Risk of secondary traumatisation – answer should illustrate that the applicant has considered this issue seriously and taken some positive action about this.

 

  1. Risk assessment – should illustrate that the applicant has considered the risks involved in dealing with child abuse cases.

 

  1. Precedent letter of instruction – does this illustrate an understanding of the importance of this document and does it aim to ask all the relevant questions of the expert?

 

  1. Confidentiality policy – the information given to clients at the outset about confidentiality, the marking of client’s files, the disposal of confidential waste etc. Does this indicate that the applicant has considered this issue seriously and taken some positive action?

 

33 – 35 – training and articles/ periodicals/ keeping up to date – do these answers indicate a commitment to training/ keeping up to date?

 

36 – 37 – If has published/ given seminars etc. would seem to indicate a specialism – a keen interest in training and a commitment to disseminating information to others.

 

IF UNSURE, ASSESSORS ARE PERMITTED TO ASK QUESTIONS OF THE APPLICANT/ REQUEST THAT FURTHER DOCUMENTS ARE SUBMITTED/ REQUEST REFERENCES FROM UP TO 2 PEOPLE EITHER WITHIN THE APPLICANT’S FIRM OR OUTSIDE OF IT.

 

 

22nd November 2002

 

ACAL

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