Aggression and violence in foster care and adoption



Location: London

Date: 12 Jul 2017


BMA HouseTavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP

Conference time: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Closing date for booking: 04/07/2017


Research into adoption disruption has revealed the extent of child to parent violence in adoptive households, and inquiry into the death of a foster carer in Scotland at the hands of a foster child has highlighted similar issues in fostering. Recent data shows that annually there are over a thousand incidents of restraint in foster care in England.

In all forms of family placement, there is range of evidence - research and anecdotal - to indicate that difficulties in managing the aggression and violence of troubled children and young people impact on the stability and security of placements and increase the likelihood of placement breakdowns.

This conference will explore these issues. What is the extent of the problem? How does it impact on foster carers, adopters and those who support them? Should foster carers be trained in physical intervention and restraint, and to what extent is nonviolent resistance the solution to these challenges?


  • Paul Adams, Fostering Development Consultant, CoramBAAF
  • Andy Baker, Able Training
  • Rosemary Baragwanath, Associate & Adoption Social Worker, Partnership Projects UK
  • Al Coates, Adoptive Parent, Social Worker, Adoption Support Advisor
  • Harvey Gallagher, Chief Executive, Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers (NAFP)
  • Kirstie Maclean, Family Placement Consultant
  • Julie Selwyn, Professor of Child & Family Social Work, University of Bristol
  • Frank Van Holen, PhD, Director of Pleegzorg Vlaams-Brabant,  Brussels
  • Matt Woolgar, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, National Adoption & Fostering Service, SLAM NHS Trust


By the end of the conference delegates will have:

  • considered the impact of child to parent violence in fostering and adoption
  • looked at the issues around physical intervention and reflect on what is happening in the courts, and what is expected in social work reports
  • considered how non-violent resistance might be used by adopters and foster carers

Who should attend

All those involved with fostering and adoption including children’s services social workers and managers, fostering and adoption social workers, independent reviewing officers, legal professionals, CAFCASS children’s guardians, panel members, academics, social work students, foster carers and adopters.


  • Corporate or associate CoramBAAF member rate: £185 + £37 VAT total: £222
  • Student or Individual CoramBAAF member rate: £135 + £27 VAT total: £162
  • Adoptive parents or foster carers rate: £105 + £21 VAT total: £126
  • Non-member rate: £250 + £50 VAT total: £300

*Concessions for care leavers and adopted young people available by negotiation

Contact details

Telephone: 020 7520 7520