CoramBAAF Open Course

Supporting special guardianship families: support assessment, ASF applications and support needs


This course will explore the support needs of special guardianship families, how to carry out assessment of support needs which are sensitive to the needs of kinship care families, and the how these needs may be most effectively met. 

This course will explore; best practice, regulation and practice guidance, assessments, eligibility criteria and access to therapeutic support services, the impact of early trauma, identity issues, and the benefits and challenges of contact. 


  • Explore best practice in the support of children living with special guardians and their families
  • Consider regulation and practice guidance regarding special guardianships support assessments
  • Look at eligibility criteria and access to therapeutic support services funded by the Adoption Support Fund
  • Consider support needs of SG families in the context of kinship care
  • Explore the impact of early trauma on children's development and therapeutic parenting strategies for SGs
  • Discuss benefits and challenges of contact and family time for SG families
  • Consider identity issues for children growing up in SG families


Carline Benoit, Associate Trainer, CoramBAAF.

Carline is a social work practitioner with over 12 years of experience as a qualified social worker working across a variety of roles in both statutory and voluntary sector with adults and children's services. Carline's expertise lies in Child Protection and Children in Care. She is passionate about the Leaning, Development and continued professional development of social workers and multi agency partners. Carline is a qualified  training facilitator and a trained critically reflective supervisor. Carline works as an independent consultant often used in preparation for or following Ofsted inspections.


Social workers and social work managers working with Special Guardians and their families. This course may be of interest to Special Guardians, and all those interested in kinship care. 

On open courses we can accommodate a maximum of four delegates from one organisation only. For a larger group booking, please see the information on commissioned training.

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

Total of 22 places available.


Registration 9.50am*
Start  10.00am*  
Close  4.00pm* 

*Times subject to change


Full or associate CoramBAAF member - £125.00 + £25.00 VAT = £150.00
Individual CoramBAAF member - £105.00 + £21.00 VAT = £126.00
Non-member -  £155.00 + £31.00 VAT = £186.00

*Please contact our events team via email to secure your place. 


Telephone 020 7520 2043



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