The CoramBAAF Health Group provides members with a forum to improve the standards of health practice and access to training for health professionals in adoption, fostering and child care practice. It facilitates inter-disciplinary understanding of health matters and the exchange of information and gives members a voice on regional and UK-wide issues to influence policy of Government and relevant health organisations.
Benefits for members
- Information and advice - including training opportunities - relevant to health practitioners, often circulated directly via the health group mailing list
- Networking and liaison with regional health groups
- Access to briefing notes, position statements, reports, publications and research
- Access to news and updates from the Health Group.
- Opportunity to attend the Health Group Annual General Meeting.
- Members of the group are eligible to apply to join the Health Advisory Committee as and when vacancies arise.
- Access to the minutes of the Health Advisory Committee (discussions address changes in Government policy, emerging issues, projects, consultations and best practice recommendations)
Who convenes meetings?
London and the South: CoramBAAF
Rest of England: Various LAC health professional regional networks meet around England. CoramBAAF does not convene these meetings but does maintain links with the regional networks. The CoramBAAF Health Consultant has contact details for the regional networks and attends meetings when requested to do so.
Northern Ireland: medical advisers in NI
Scotland: AFKA Scotland
Wales: AFKA Cymru
On request, CoramBAAF provides regional meetings with an update on matters relevant to the group and answers queries as they arise.
Dr Rachel Bower, Cambridgeshire.
Membership of the Health Group
Membership is free and the following people are eligible to join:
- Individual members of CoramBAAF
- Medical advisers to member agencies
- Specialist, named or designated nurses/doctors for looked after children and young people of member agencies
- Health visitors and school nurses working with looked after children and young people of member agencies
- Physicians, nurses and professionals who are employed by a corporate member of CoramBAAF and have a special interest in the health aspects of adoption, fostering and looked after children
- Trainee paediatricians who are undertaking medical advisory roles in adoption or fostering.