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.


Contact in adoption in the digital age: Where do we go from here?

10 May 2019 London

Early bird reduced fees available until 23 April

Contact has had a primary position in adoption over the last 50 years. But it has also become surrounded by questions about its purpose, its impact and its outcomes. For some it has become little more than an occasional exchange of limited and controlled information; for others a key part of their identity and well being; and for others a minor matter when considered in the context of a very unsettled adopted young person.

This conference will explore these themes with the objective of identifying a way forward and one that becomes embedded in Regional Adoption Agency policy and practice. Presentations will be made by key sector leaders including Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, Professor Beth Neil, Director of Research Ethics Committee for the School of Social Work at the University of East Anglia and Dr John Simmonds OBE, Director of Policy, Research and Development at CoramBAAF Adoption and Fostering Academy. Other presenters will include those with direct experience of contact in adoption.


Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): what works for children?

23 May 2019 London

Special half price offer for CoramBAAF members, adoptive parents and foster carers

Studies suggest that at least one third of children in care are likely to be affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).  This permanent,lifelong disability has a significant impact on these children and their families. It is vital that they are supported by practitioners who have a sound professional knowledge and understanding of this condition.

This conference provides an important opportunity to look at ‘what works’ for children with FASD. It aims to bring together people who are actively involved in parenting, caring for, and working with children with FASD to explore how they might best help families to successfully manage the disorder, meet the needs of affected children and support them to reach their full potential. 

Find out more.

Working together to improve outcomes for looked after and adopted children - CoramBAAF Health Group conference

1 July 2019 Birmingham

CoramBAAF's one-day Health Group conference provides an opportunity to reflect on outcomes-based practice. Achieving positive outcomes requires planning, provision of care and commitment from multiple partners / agencies. During this conference we will look at how different parts of the health, legal, education and social care system evaluate outcomes. We will explore how combined efforts and interactions are key in a whole system approach and reflect on the multiple factors that affect outcomes for looked after and adopted children.

It is important to evaluate practice and interventions, and health professionals should be able to describe their service provision in terms of performance, quality and outcomes. Performance is not synonymous with outcome. We need to be able to describe how we identify, define and measure outcomes.
There will be presentations from new areas of research, including using SDQs (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire). We will consider a model for outcomes-based practice and reflect on how health professionals work within the multiagency team.


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.