I go to court a lot in my capacity as an advocate. Most commonly the hearing will be related to child protection proceedings and my job is to support parents who are trying their best to understand what is happening.
Imagine yourself sitting in a court room surrounded by at least thirty people in suits, most of whom you don`t know and you certainly don`t understand what their role is. You believe you are in trouble of some kind and worry about the judge and what they will think of you. Your learning disability means that it is really hard to follow the proceedings, the barristers are talking too fast and they are using big words like `redacted` and `Residence Order` and `interim` and `Special Guardianship` and you are thinking, “What on earth does that mean – I haven`t got a clue.”
It is a really scary…
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