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Supporting children in adoption and long-term placements




Children who are looked after or adopted often have more emotional and mental health needs, as well as more behavioural difficulties than their peers. These children have often experienced trauma, grief and loss in early life, including disrupted attachments. Understanding the support needs of these children and helping them build secure and stable relationships in their permanent placements is an ongoing challenge.

This conference will explore recent research about placement outcomes, the importance of sibling relationships and how to support placements to maximise positive futures for children adopted and in long term foster placements.


By the end of the conference delegates will have:

  • investigated what works in supporting children, foster carers and adopters
  • explored best practice in supporting placements for children with early adverse childhood experiences
  • examined local research on placements and outcomes for children
  • considered the importance of sibling relationships for children in long term care/adoption


The conference will be of particular interest to children’s services social workers and managers, adoption social workers and managers, fostering social workers, adoption and fostering panel members, foster carers, adoptive parents, Guardians ad litem and child & adolescent psychologists.


Marie Roulston, Director of Women, Children & Families Division, Northern Health & Social Care Trust


Dr John Simmonds OBE, Director of Policy, Research & Development, CoramBAAF

Julia Davis, Child & Family Therapist

Dr Willie Coman, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Northern Health & Social Care Trust

Dr Christine Jones, Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde

Sheila Lavery, Project Co-ordinator, TESSA

Lynda McGill, Team Manager, Northern Health & Social Care Trust

Lisa Sandvoss and Denise Pattwell, St Bernard’s Fostering Support Service

Voices from Action for Children Young Ambassadors


9.00 Registration and refreshments

9.45 Welcome and introduction by chair | Marie Roulston

10.00 Experiences from young people in foster care | Action for Children Young Ambassadors

10.15 Models of support to build positive relationships for children who have experienced trauma, separation and loss | Julia Davis

11.00 Questions to speakers

11.15 Refreshment break

11.30 What have we learnt from the implementation of the Adoption Support Fund in England? | Dr John Simmonds OBE

12.00 The sibling relationships of looked after children placed permanently away from home | Dr Christine Jones

12.45 Questions to speakers

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Therapeutic, education and support services in adoption (TESSA) Sheila Lavery

2.30 St Bernard’s fostering support program – a therapeutic fostering support program for children and families from an attachment and trauma based perspective | Lisa Sandvoss and Denise Pattwell

3.15 The narrative model for communicating with children about challenging issues | Lynda McGill and Dr Willie Coman

3.45 Questions to speakers

3.55 Chair’s closing remarks

4.05 Close


Registration 9.00 am
Start 9.45 am
Close 4.05 pm

Refreshments/lunch provided


Full or associate CoramBAAF member
Standard rate: £150.00 + £30.00 Total - £180.00

Individual CoramBAAF member
Standard rate: £110.00 + £22.00 Total - £132.00

Standard rate: £200.00 + £40.00 VAT - Total £240.00


Telephone 020 7520 7520


Delegates from each of the five trusts are eligible for free places at this conference (limited to ten places per trust). Many thanks to the Health and Social Care Board for their contribution towards subsiding these places. Delegates are required to book places using this form.


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