CANCELLED - Child health assessments


Child health assessments are a key component in permanence planning for looked after children. This includes providing reports about the impact of a child's prenatal history, past, current and future health. Medical Advisers need to be aware of the relevant legislation, statutory guidance and competencies framework. They are required to interpret information and present this in an informative and considered format for social care colleagues, panels and potential carers.

This workshop will consider the Medical Adviser's role in adoption relating to children. It will address:

  • how to complete good quality child health assessments for looked after children;
  • how to prepare comprehensive child adoption medical reports;
  • how to give constructive and appropriate advice to adoption and fostering agencies and panels;
  • the impact of parental health behaviours in relation to the health of their children;
  • complex and challenging situations, including interpreting information to inform future care planning for a child and managing uncertainty.


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 and Community Paediatricians with a special interest in looked after children and adoption, LAC nurses and panel Chairs.

20 places available


  • To be confident in completing child health assessments, interpreting information and providing advice to adoption and fostering agencies and panels.
  • To be able to ensure that reports are informed by and backed by research.
  • To be able to locate further specialist guidance.

NB. This workshop runs alongside Adult health assessments 5 June 2020, London.


Dr Carolyn Sampeys - Designated Doctor for Safeguarding, National Safeguarding Team, Public Health Wales NHS Trust

Carolyn has a professional leadership role across Wales for NHS staff working in adoption and with looked after children (LAC). She has 22 years' experience as Named Doctor for Adoption, Fostering and LAC in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and as a Medical Adviser in adoption and fostering to two local authorities and a Regional Adoption Collaborative in south Wales.

She represents the NHS on the Wales National Adoption Service Advisory Group, the National Fostering Framework Steering Group and the Ministerial Advisory Group: Improving Outcomes for Children.

Carolyn was chair of the BAAF and CoramBAAF Health Group for eight years and is co-editor of Promoting the Health of Children in Public Care and co-author of Undertaking a Health Assessment.

Lindsay Groves - Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children, North Wales

For more than 20 years Lindsay has been the Lead Doctor and Adviser for Looked After Children, Adoption and Fostering in North Wales and the Medical Adviser for Adoption for Conwy (one of the six local authorities in North Wales). 

She represents the Health Board at the North Wales Adoption Partnership Board and on the LAC steering group of the NHS Wales Safeguarding Network.

Lindsay is also the Medical Adviser to the National Adoption Service Advisory Board (Wales).


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

Email [email protected]


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