CoramBAAF Conference

CoramBAAF Annual Health Conference

The Changing Landscape of Adoption, Special Guardianship and Kinship Care - Pathways to Permanence and the Role of Health Professionals

THEME

CoramBAAF's Annual Health conference will take place on the 4 July, in person at the QEII Conference Centre, Coram Campus in London from 9am to 5pm. A key event for all Medical Advisers working with adoption and fostering agencies. See full programme below.

Some health professionals work in close partnership with/or for local authorities and adoption and fostering agencies. These professionals need an in-depth understanding of processes, requirements, and issues in the family placement sector. Other health professionals meet adopters and kinship carers in many aspects of their work or provide services and care to children who have been adopted or live with kinship carers. It is helpful to understand new developments and trends and debate current issues. Child care law can be complex and regulations and guidance difficult to interpret. This conference will include updates from expert speakers and workshop opportunities for participants to explore these issues.

Speakers will provide an overview of more recent changes in practice in adoption, for example contact after adoption, fostering to adopt placements, placing siblings together. The number of special guardianship orders is increasing and there have been calls during the English Care Review for an increased focus on promoting kinship care arrangements. Health professionals benefit from an understanding of the nature of kinship care and some of the challenges. We will debate these issues with a focus on the role and contribution of health professionals.

This conference will be of great interest to medical advisers with some quite specific sessions on offer, for example a workshop on “assessing and documenting risk of FASD in permanence/health assessment reports.” But there will also be plenty of workshop choices for professionals who are not medical advisers too.

We welcome the opportunity to showcase new and promising practice so if you are interested in presenting a poster or delivering a 10 minute “micro presentation” that is in keeping with the conference theme please get in touch with Ellie Johnson, CoramBAAF Health Consultant at ellie.johnson@corambaaf.org.uk.

The CoramBAAF team and members of the Health Group Advisory Committee are really looking forward to hosting this in person event in London. The day will include the AGM of the CoramBAAF Health Group from 9am-9.30am.

There will be a pre-conference opportunity to meet for dinner on the evening prior to the event for those travelling the day before (not included in the conference price). This will be arranged and hosted by Ellie Johnson.

SPEAKERS

Lisa Harker, Director, Nuffield Family Justice Observatory
Sarah Johal, National Adoption Strategic Lead
Lucy Peake, Chief Executive, Kinship - the leading kinship care charity in England and Wales
Satwinder Sandhu, Chief Executive, IAC: The Centre for Adoption
Dr Lynn Snow, Chair, CoramBAAF Health Advisory Committee

PROGRAMME

9.00am-9.30am – CoramBAAF Health Group AGM  including presentation of the Health Group Annual Report
Dr Lynn Snow, Chair and Dr Michelle Bond, Vice Chair of CoramBAAF Health Advisory Committee

9.30am – Opening Comments
Ellen Broome, Managing Director, CoramBAAF

9.35am – Born into Care: the role of health professionals where babies are at risk of being taken into care
Lisa Harker, Director, Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

10.20am – Kinship Care and Special Guardianship
Lucy Peake, Chief Executive, Kinship - the leading kinship care charity in England and Wales

11.00am – Refreshment break, CoramBAAF Bookshop, Poster Presentation viewings and networking

11.30am – A call for permanency: A focus on the current role of medical advisers in special guardianship and some thoughts about the future
Dr Lynn Snow, Chair, CoramBAAF Health Advisory Committee

12.10pm – Trends in Adoption: The Development of Regional Adoption Agencies and the National Adoption Strategy
Sarah Johal, National Adoption Strategic Lead

12.40pm – Short session: Practice example

12.50pm – Short session: Practice example

1.00pm – Lunch, CoramBAAF Bookshop, Poster Presentation viewings and networking    
1.45pm – Welcome Back

1.50pm – Implications of the Social Care Review, speaker to be announced

2.15pm – Workshop session 1*

3.00pm – Workshop session 2* (repeated)    

3.45pm – Refreshment break    

4.00pm – Research Highlight: Heritable risk of mental health disorders and implications for adoption, speaker to be announced

4.20pm – Intercountry Adoption: current trends
Satwinder Sandhu
, Chief Executive of IAC: The Centre for Adoption

4.50pm – Closing remarks

5.00pm – Close

Workshop sessions*

1. Somerset…the dust settles - Q&A session with a focus on the “Somerset Judgement”
Alexandra Conroy Harris, Legal Consultant, CoramBAAF

2. Discussion of FASD risk with prospective adopters’ - Assessing and documenting risk of FASD in permanence/health assessment reports
Dr Michelle Bond, Vice Chair, CoramBAAF Health Advisory Committee and Medical Adviser for Brighton & Hove Council and Dr Ges Gregory, Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician and Medical Adviser for adoption and fostering, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

3. Kinship Care – the legal, regulatory and ethical context - An opportunity to increase your understanding of the regulations and procedures - reflect on the strengths and vulnerabilities of kinship placements
Ann Horne and Claire Seth, Kinship Care Consultants, CoramBAAF

4. Supporting our workforce and meeting resource challenges - Peer support, supervision and workforce planning
Dr Vicki Walker, Lead Looked After Children, RCPCH (The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health)

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Medical advisers for adoption and fostering, named and specialist nurses and doctors for looked after children and adoption, designated nurses and doctors for looked after children, GPs and health visitors and allied health professionals, panel advisers, agency decision makers and others from local authorities and adoption agencies who want to network with health professionals particularly medical advisers.

TIME

Registration 8.30am
Health Group Annual Meeting 9.00am-9.30am
Conference 9.30am-5.00pm

FEES

Early Bird rate extended - applies until 9 June 
Full or associate CoramBAAF member £144.00 + £28.80 VAT - Total £172.80
Individual CoramBAAF member £120.00 + £24.00 VAT - Total £144.00
Non-member £200.00 + £40.00 VAT - Total £240.00
Adopters/Fosters carers £120.00 + £24.00 VAT - Total £144.00*
Student discount for all fees - 20%*

Standard rate - applies from 10 June 
Full or associate CoramBAAF member £173.00 + £34.60 VAT - Total £207.36
Individual CoramBAAF member £144.00 + £28.80 VAT - Total £172.80
Non-member £240.00 + £48.00 VAT - Total £288.00
Adopters/Fosters carers £144.00 + £28.80 VAT - Total £172.80*
Student discount for all fees - 20%*
*Please contact the events team

VENUE

QEII Conference Centre
Coram Campus
41 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AZ

CONTACT

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

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