What sets apart our Trainer Consultants is their professional expertise. They are all social work qualified or have relevant qualifications and experience in their area of practice. Many of them are published authors. Backed by the unrivalled sector knowledge found across the whole CoramBAAF team, the training they deliver is underpinned by an understanding of the childcare legal framework as well as the latest research, policy initiatives and developments in the field. 

Matching your requirements

Whether you need training, consultancy or facilitation on adoption, fostering, special guardianship or other related issues, we are able to meet your needs. Our team of Trainer Consultants and specialists have a proven track record of running effective workshops and group-based training courses which respond to and reflect the changing demands and priorities of the workforce.

Meet the team

PaulinePauline Thorbourne – Business Support

Pauline has worked at BAAF/CoramBAAF for over 30 years providing high level support to the team as a whole and with specific responsibility for our Agency Tailored Training.


RoanaRoana Roach - Training and Consultancy Manager

Roana has extensive experience in generic social work and has specialised in adoption and fostering for over 20 years. She joined BAAF/CoramBAAF in 2006 as a Trainer Consultant and became the Team Manager in 2016. Roana continues to train and provide consultancy on a range of subjects and has chaired adoption and fostering panels as well as disruption and other complex meetings. Her special areas of interest include black and minority ethnic issues, equality and systemic approaches to practice issues. Roana has contributed to a number of CoramBAAF publications and is co-author of Child Appreciation Days. Roana currently facilitates CoramBAAF’s Black Workers’ Practice Group.

chrisChris Atkins - Trainer Consultant

Chris began her social work career in the early 1980s as a residential worker with disabled service users, and qualified as a social worker in 1990. Since then Chris has worked with disabled children, young people leaving care in both the voluntary and statutory sectors and with ex-offenders as a Resettlement Manager. Before joining BAAF/CoramBAAF, Chris worked extensively providing post adoption and special guardianship support services within voluntary and statutory services. She currently provides training and consultancy across a range of childcare subjects. Chris is a founder member of the Transnational and Transracial Adoption Group (TTAG), an informal social network run by and for transnationally and transracially adopted adults, and contributed to In search of belonging.

pippaPippa Bow - Adviser and Trainer Consultant

Pippa has extensive experience in the voluntary sector, in health, disability and carers’ services. Since 2006 she has worked for national services in fostering and adoption as an advice professional and trainer, first with Fosterline, the advice line for foster carers, and then as lead adviser with First4Adoption. She joined CoramBAAF in 2017 as the dedicated adviser for the members’ Advice Line. Her written work includes articles in Foster Care magazine, the published booklet ‘Caring for a Young Person Aged 18+’, and the ‘Thinking of adoption...’ series. Her areas of expertise include financial matters for foster carers, managing allegations, and foster carer/adopter assessment.