Getting started in: Legal aspects of permanence – including early permanence


As the UK’s leading membership organisation for professionals working across adoption, fostering and kinship care we want to equip professionals like you with the knowledge, best practices, and resources needed to improve the lives of children and young people. This is why we are launching a breakfast webinar series to help you “get started in adoption, fostering and kinship care.

In this session, we will be exploring the legal aspects of permanence and early permanence with our Legal Consultants Alexandra Conroy Harris, and Augusta Itua. This six part series is tailored specifically to recently qualified social workers, students and those wanting to find out more about adoption, fostering and kinship care.

Each webinar is a gateway to essential insights:

  • Explore fostering, adoption, and kinship care –with a focus on core issues in relation to practice.
  • Navigate the legal framework surrounding permanence, including early permanence, with confidence.
  • Gain insight into the crucial role of health in adoption, fostering and kinship care.


Each webinar provides you with:

  • A basic understanding of each practice area.
  • Access to a wealth of resources and tools to enhance your practice.
  • An invitation to join our practice forums for ongoing professional development and real-time policy updates.


Augusta Itua, Legal Consultant, CoramBAAF

Augusta joined CoramBAAF in April 2023 and job-shares with Alexandra, assisting with our advice line and service delivery for our members. Augusta qualified as a Youth Justice Lawyer and previously worked at Just for Kids Law. There, she provided specialist legal advice and representation on criminal justice issues and gained experience in community care, education, and strategic litigation law. Augusta balances her part-time role at CoramBAAF with her position as the Head of the Children’s Rights Advice Service at Article 39. Recently, she was awarded the 2023 Churchill Fellowship, which grants her the opportunity to travel to other legal jurisdictions to explore ways to improve access to social care records for individuals with care experience. 

Alexandra Conroy-Harris, Legal Consultant, CoramBAAF

Alexandra was called to the Bar in 1989, and spent nine years in private practice, representing children, families and local authorities, followed by nine years as a Senior Child Care Lawyer in a London local authority before joining BAAF as Legal Consultant in 2008. Her CoramBAAF role involves writing and advising and training on all aspects of the adoption and fostering process, as well as advising the IRM Cymru. Until recently she was combining her part-time role at CoramBAAF with employment as a child care lawyer in a North-East local authority, and now maintains hands-on experience with some private practice at the Bar.

For social workers, reflection on this session may contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD).



To encourage newly qualified social workers or those interested in getting started in a new practice area we are offering free places to everyone. Please book yours using the below button.

Places on this event are limited, so early booking is recommended.




If you have any questions about this event please contact for more information.

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