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Developing quality assurance in fostering & adoption assessments


Delivering a quality service requires a systematic and disciplined approach. Ongoing and periodic assessments require comprehensive monitoring processes and procedures. These in turn provide assurance that the processes in place are working effectively to measure outcomes for children and young people and meet legislative requirements.

This workshop considers participants' roles and responsibilities in quality assurance and how the desired outcomes and requirements may be achieved.

The workshop considers the Government Paper ‘Putting Children First’ which ensures a framework aimed at providing our most vulnerable children the highest standard of care.


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Making good assessments

Pat Beesley

Preparing and assessing potential adopters and permanent foster carers is key to a successful placement: many of the children who require new permanent families have had troubled and problematic backgrounds and have complex needs. But what makes for a good assessment? What are the critical areas that must be covered? How can workers ensure that the assessment process is an enabling and rewarding experience for the applicant?


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Undertaking checks and references in fostering and adoption assessments

Paul Adams

The assessment of prospective foster carers and adopters is amongst the most important aspects of family placement work. Undertaking checks and references is a key part of these assessments, and a core task for social workers. But which checks are mandatory, and which are advisable? Which checks are needed in each UK country? Which are likely to yield the most useful information?


This workshop is aimed at advanced social work practitioners (if part of role is quality assurance) and Social Workers.

It is also appropriate for panel advisors of fostering and adoption panels.

20 places available


  • Consider what quality assurance means and your role and responsibilities in this
  • Explore how the role links to wider service development, identifying strengths and issues along with implications for policies and procedures
  • Consider how feedback is delivered to the service or individuals to enable potential change of practice
  • Discuss key principles in maintaining a child focussed approach


Chris Atkins* - CoramBAAF 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

Email [email protected]


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