Reflections on "The Future of Care" Panel Discussion
13 May 2022
CoramBAAF's James Bury considers the challenges of a failing care system. From those raised by the panelists to his own experiences as a social worker. He calls on the sector to pressure political leaders to commit to cross party collaboration to resolve these challenges.
Fostering Communities for Foster Care Fortnight
9 May 2022
CoramBAAF’s Fostering Consultant, Emma Fincham, reflects on the fostering communities she has been involved in over her career and the vital role they play in supporting carers and in turn improving the lives of the children they care for.
The power of relationships
15 March 2022
As we celebrate International Social Work Day, CoramBAAF's James Bury writes about importance of relationships in social work in supporting children, keeping them safe and enabling them to meet their potential.
Do kinship carers receive the support they need?
11 March 2022
Ann Horne, CoramBAAF’s Kinship Care consultant, explores this and other questions raised by Joan Hunt’s presentation on kinship research in our recent ‘Learning from Research’ webinar.
Recognising resilience in prospective parents and carers
21 February 2022
In this blog, CoramBAAF's Jane Poore and Hetty Verhagen write about the lessons we all can learn about resilience and adversity from a study into recognising resilience in prospective adoptive parents living with HIV.
How do we achieve safe and meaningful contact?
19 January 2022
Clinical Psychologist, Dr Chris Burke is co-presenter of CoramBAAF's upcoming webinar 'Exploring Expertise: Achieving safe and meaningful contact'. As the title suggests, the contact system is fragile - done well and it has a positive impact on the child's well-being but how do we ensure this happens in practice?
‘Writing and getting published makes me feel like I didn’t go through the care system for nothing’
11 January 2022
Coram Voice care-experienced consultant at Coram Voice, Lauren Parker, talks about how her love of writing faded when she was taken into care. Later, as a young adult, it was rekindled when she realised that her own life, giving her a vital outlet 'and a way of taking my power back'.
Objects as doorways into depth
24 November 2021
Dr Louise Sims, CoramBAAF's Kinship Care and Fostering consultant looks at how the virtual exhibition 'Social Work in 40 Objects' and initiatives such as 'Kitbag' are using objects to develop understanding and enhance emotional literacy.
Why we need breathing space
4 November 2021
CoramBAAF Health Consultant, Ellie Johnson, looks ahead to this year’s Health Group Conference and why wellbeing and particularly our mental health are central to this year’s programme.
Reflecting on Adoption Activity Days – 10 years on
22 October 2021
As Coram celebrates the placing of over 1400 children with loving adoptive families, Jane Poore looks back on their evolution at BAAF from controversial idea through to acclaimed matching practice.
Holding adoption in mind
18 October 2021
This year's National Adoption Week is dedicated hearing from all affected by adoption: adopters, adoptees, birth parents as well as the practitioners who support them. In this blog, John Simmonds reminds us of three important issues that need to be held in the minds of those individuals, families and professionals involved in adoption.
Progressing anti-racist practice in the family justice system
7 October 2021
Within our sector there is renewed attention on the ways in which racism impacts on children, families, communities, practitioners, and our organisations. Many of our members are progressing work on holding ‘critical conversations’ about difference and power to help develop practitioner confidence in addressing inequalities and developing cultural sensitivity.
Unexpected enlightenment at a Wednesday lunch time: CoramBAAF Wellbeing Sessions for Professionals
21 July 2021
CoramBAAF Training Manager, Hedwig Verhagen reflects on our first wellbeing session for professionals which explored the three phases of recovery from trauma. The session aimed to provide a space for our members to reflect on their personal wellbeing and create a greater sense of calm.
Why do adults adopt? Exploring the factors that lead to adoption
9 June 2021
In this blog, John Simmonds looks at how family and other relationships can provide crucial support and help ensure the best of family placement outcomes and introduces the new Internal, Family and Systemic (IFS) model.
“A real apology for the mistakes of the past must include action to make sure that the situation has really changed” writes Ellen Broome
3 June 2021
Recent media attention has shone a light on the horrendous practices of forced adoptions in this country during the 50s and 60s. In this piece, Ellen Broome urges us to confront the underlying issues and adopt a more preventative approach.
Contact practices in adoption and the impact of social media: a legal perspective
25 May 2021
In this blog, Alexandra Conroy Harris, CoramBAAF's Legal Consultant, explains the legal framework that governs adoption contact practice and considers how practices might be adapted to combat the risks that social media poses.
Contact practices in adoption and the impact of social media
12 May 2021
Dr John Simmonds, Director of Policy, Research & Development, CoramBAAF calls for change in support for adoptive parents who are struggling with the consequences of their children entering into unsupervised birth family contact via social media.
Hello from Ellen!
5 March 2021
In her first blog, newly appointed Managing Director, Ellen Broomé introduces herself and looks back over the extraordinary events of the past year and shares her experiences since joining CoramBAAF.