Nutshell : What You Need to Know About Child Maintenance Reforms
Child maintenance is a vital but often misunderstood source of financial help for lone parents. This practical and informative briefing will allow advisers to gain a better understanding of the Child Maintenance Service’s functions to help their clients navigate the service more effectively and maximise their incomes. It will cover:
- Who can claim, the application process and what powers CMS possess.
- It’s impact on Social Security Benefits (and vice versa).
- How the CMS has developed and evolved and what welfare reform means for maintenance.
- What to do if things go wrong with a claim.
Who Should Attend:
Anyone advising, signposting or supporting lone parents, or anyone assisting parents without care to reach an agreement with CMS on payment.
There is a charge of £30 to Advice NI Members, £45 to Voluntary and Community Sector organisations and £65 to Private and Statutory Sector organisations.
There are 3 CPD hours available for this course.
This course can be used as evidence towards a range of units in our Advice and Guidance NVQ’s and Legal Advice qualifications including ‘Understanding the Importance of Legislation and Procedures’ (Unit 30). It is also linked to the National Occupational Standards for Legal Advisers including ‘IB19 – First Line Welfare Rights and Legal Advice’.
This course clarifies common misconceptions about Child Maintenance and gives advisers the tools that help their clients navigate what can often be a very complex system, which will provide real support to lone parents.