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Child health assessments



Receive a 10% discount if you book your place at this workshop before 23 April 2019 (discount will be automatically applied at the checkout). Limited availability - book early to avoid disappointment.


Child health assessments are a key component in considering permanence planning for looked after children. This includes providing reports about the impact of a child's prenatal history. Up to 90% of young children currently being presented to adoption panels have been exposed to drugs and/or alcohol. Agencies are often under pressure to place a young child quickly. Medical advisers struggle with these cases because the child is too young for the full implications of this exposure to be apparent. This workshop is designed to support medical advisers in the dilemmas they face when advising social workers and potential carers in these circumstances.

The workshop will focus on:

  • the specific role of the medical adviser when reporting on the impact of prenatal exposure to alcohol and drugs
  • the information which should be shared with potential parents
  • a research-based approach to the long-term developmental implications of prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol
  • the impact of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders and the importance of early diagnosis
  • strategies and support for managing the children in the future.


Undertaking a health assessment

Undertaking a health assessment

Florence Merredew and Carolyn Sampeys

Undertaking a health assessment is designed to help health professionals to utilise the various CoramBAAF health forms that contribute to comprehensive evidence-based health assessments of looked after children, including those with an adoption plan, and prospective foster carers, adopters and kinship carers.


Medical advisers to fostering and adoption panels, paediatricians and panel chairs.

20 places available


  • To become more informed, concise and directive when reporting on child health assessments
  • To be able to ensure that reports are informed by and backed by research
  • To be able to make the links between a child's early exposure to drugs and alcohol and their long-term care needs
  • To be able to support ADMs to reach appropriate recommendations.

NB. This workshop runs alongside Adult health assessments 5 June 2019, London.


Dr Mary Mather* - CoramBAAF Associate Trainer Consultant

*Facilitator subject to change


Registration 9.30am – 9.55am*
Start  10.00am*  
Close  4.00pm* 
Refreshments/lunch provided 

 *Times subject to change


Full or associate CoramBAAF member £105.00 + £21.00 VAT - Total £126.00

Individual CoramBAAF member £85.00 + £17.00 VAT - Total £102.00

Non-member £130.00 + £26.00 VAT - Total £156.00

Adopters/Fosters carers £85.00 + £17.00 VAT - Total £102.00

Student discount for all fees 20%


Telephone 020 7520 2041/43



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