Teenagers in foster care – fake news, new research, innovation


Delegates will receive a FREE copy of the NEW CoramBAAF publication The Foster Carer’s Handbook on Parenting Teenagers (usual price £12.95) by Henrietta Bond

Foster Carers Handbook on Parenting Teenagers


Looking after teenagers in care is one of the most challenging aspects of foster care. The UK has a proud history of finding foster families for teenagers, but the increase in the number of children in care in the 10-16 age group, their complex needs, frequent placement moves, and difficulties in recruiting foster carers have led some to question whether the benefits of fostering for teenagers has been overemphasised. This conference will provide a forum to explore these issues. It will focus first on the young people themselves, hearing their perspectives and considering up-to-date information about adolescent development. The emphasis will then shift to what we know about effective foster care provision for young people including findings from recent and ongoing research. It will conclude with workshops that will showcase examples of practice that is making a positive difference for young people.


This conference will cover:

  • Common myths about teenagers including issues such as risk-taking, brain development, self-harm, relationships with peers and carers and use of the internet
  • Young people explaining their views on what is important for them
  • Findings from new and recent research, including ‘what works’ both in terms of direct care and the design and delivery of services
  • Workshops showcasing examples of promising practice. Topics will include managing difficult behaviour, therapeutic work, recruiting, supporting and training foster carers
  • CoramBAAF’s new publication, The Foster Carer’s Handbook on Parenting Teenagers


Care experienced young people, Coram Voice

Ann Hagel, Research Lead, Association for Young People’s Health

Jane Keenan, Hazel Project, Kent


The conference is ideal for everyone involved in looking after teenagers in foster care.


Full or associate CoramBAAF member (£185 + £37 VAT) Total Fee - £222

Nurse, student or individual CoramBAAF member  (£135 + £27 VAT) Total Fee - £162

Adoptive parent or foster carer (£135 + £27 VAT) Total Fee - £162

Non-member (£250 + £50 VAT) Total Fee - £300

Concessions for care leavers and adopted young people available by negotiation 


For further details contact the Conference Team on 020 7520 7520 or email [email protected].

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