Our conferences and seminars provide delegates with opportunities to learn about new developments, hear from and interact with expert speakers, and network with others with shared interests.

They are designed to meet the needs of the children's workforce and to keep workers well informed in an environment that is ever changing.

Non Violent Resistance (NVR) in fostering

17 January 2019 London

Non Violent Resistance (NVR) is a systemic family and community-based form of intervention for serious behaviour problems in young people, and is particularly helpful in relation to controlling behaviours that are harmful to the self or others.   It can be used to promote dialogue in situations where communication has broken down, and create possibilities for beginning to address a young person’s unmet needs.

Members only. Free entry for full CoramBAAF members. See event for more details.

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The neuroscience of adoption and fostering – A day with Dr Margot Sunderland

13 Feb 2019 Birmingham

Dr Margot Sunderland is the author of over twenty books in the field of child mental health including The Science of Parenting, the result of ten years research into the long-term effects of adult-child interaction on the developing brain. She is a world renowned expert in the area of neuroscience and attachment, with a particular ability to make these complex subjects accessible to others. Other publications include Bothered: Helping Teenagers to speak about Feelings and Helping Teenagers with Anger and Low Self-Esteem.

This conference has been constructed to appeal specifically to those involved in adoption and fostering, and has been structured in a way that will make the subject applicable to children at all developmental stages including adolescence. It will combine theory and practice, leaving professionals (including adopters and foster carers) with practical solutions to some of the challenges that children bring when they have experienced poor parenting in early life.

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Beyond Together or Apart – brothers and sisters are for life


This one-day conference will help social work professionals to think about the lifelong implications of planning for siblings and the support needed for adopters in promoting and supporting sibling relationships. Attendees will hear about updated practice guidance on working with siblings and exploring their relationships; explore practice issues in placing sibling groups together or apart; and examine good practice in recruiting, assessing and supporting carers for sibling placements.

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Beyond Together or Apart: brothers and sisters are for life.

Hear from the speakers at our September 2018 conference on planning for, assessing and placing sibling groups.