Conference

Beyond Together or Apart - brothers and sisters are for life CORAMBAAF CONFERENCE

Price

£250.00

Receive a 10% discount if you book your place at this conference before 9 August 2018 (discount will be automatically applied at the checkout). Limited availability - book early to avoid disappointment.

FEES

Early bird rate ends 10 August 2018

Corporate or associate CoramBAAF member - £150 + £30 VAT Total £180
Individual CoramBAAF member & Adoptive parents or fosters carers - £110 + £22 VAT Total £132
Non-member - £250 + £50 VAT Total £300      

Standard rate after 10 August 2018

Full or associate CoramBAAF member - £185.00 + £37.00 VAT Total - £222.00
Individual CoramBAAF member & - £135.00 + £27.00 VAT Total - £162.00
Adoptive parents or fosters carers
Non-member - £250.00 + £50.00 VAT - Total £300.00

Concessions available for adoptive parents, foster carers, care leavers and adopted young people. Contact the Conference Team for further details.

THEME

While research continues to recognise the lifelong significance of the sibling relationship there are significant challenges for social workers when trying to assess the quality of those relationships, particularly in the context of making plans for permanent placement. Where a placement together cannot be achieved for siblings, social workers are then tasked with trying to achieve the best permanent options for each child whilst trying to maintain a meaningful ongoing relationship for those children and their siblings. Courts and judges are urging social workers to be more creative about how they seek to preserve sibling bonds.

Children in sibling groups account for 65% of young people waiting for an adoptive placement, but there has been a decrease in the number of adopters who feel able to offer a home to siblings. To increase and encourage more adopters to come forward for siblings there is a need to: better understand what motivates adopters to consider siblings; give adopters confidence by offering specific training and preparation around sibling issues; and ensure there is support available to help adopters manage some of the dynamics and challenges of parenting siblings who have an early history of abuse, neglect or trauma.

AIMS

This conference will:

  • examine recent research findings and practice developments which will help social workers think about the lifelong implications of planning for siblings 
  • address the support needed for adopters in promoting and supporting sibling relationships
  • share updated practice guidance on working with siblings and assessing their relationships
  • explore practice issues in placing sibling groups together or apart
  • highlight good practice in recruiting, assessing and supporting carers for sibling placements

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Children's services social workers and managers; Independent Reviewing Officers; adoption agency staff; independent fostering providers; family law solicitors and barristers; CAFCASS Guardians; adoption and fostering panel members; and health and education professionals.

CHAIR

Sarah Borthwick, Independent Adoption and Fostering Consultant

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

Shelagh Beckett, Child Care Consultant and author of CoramBAAF's Good Practice Guide Together or Apart

Professor Daniel Monk, School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London

Christine Jones, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Strathclyde University

Dr Katherine Shelton, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Representatives from Coram Cambridgeshire's Think Siblings project

Jakki Parsons, Head of Operations, Families for Children

PROGRAMME

9.30 Registration and refreshments

10.00 Welcome and introduction by Chair

10.15 Brothers and sisters: developing services and relationships - Shelagh Beckett

11.15 The sibling relationships of children in permanent fostering and adoptive families - Christine Jones

11.55 - 12.10 Refreshment break

12.10 - 12.50 Siblings, contact and the law: an overlooked relationship? - Daniel Monk

12.50 - 1.00 Questions to morning speakers

1.00 - 2.00 Lunch

2.00 - 2.30 An agency's experience of placing siblings together or apart with adoptive families - Families for Children

2.30 - 3.10 Think Siblings project: informing and changing practice - Coram Cambridgeshire

3.10 - 3.50 The influence of adoption on sibling relationships: experiences and support needs of newly formed adoptive families - Dr Katherine Shelton

3.50 Discussion and feedback with the panel of speakers

4.00 Evaluation and close

TIME

Registration 9.30am
Start 10.00am
Close 4.00pm

Refreshments/lunch provided

CLOSING DATE FOR BOOKING THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2018

CONTACT

Telephone 020 7520 7520
Email conferences@corambaaf.org.uk

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