Our monthly Exploring Expertise webinars give practitioners the opportunity to hear from leading figures in practice and research on innovative developments and examples of 'best practice' in the family placement sector. Presentations include Q&A sessions to enable attendees to delve deeper into the subject matter and explore connections to their own practice.

Members can watch the latest webinars below or head over to our YouTube channel to view earlier ones. 

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LGBTQ+ Young people and their social care needs

12 March 2024
This session will outline recent findings that outline the particular and significant needs for LGBTQ+ people when linked to social care. From three studies, we developed a model explaining their challenges and recommendations for improving practice. We will outline their particular needs as well as exploring how to improve social care to develop more inclusive services.

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Youth Justice and care experience

Why are care-experienced children and young people over criminalised, and how can we better support them? This session explores the reasons behind the unnecessary criminalisation of vulnerable young people and how a joined up approach from social workers, foster carers, kinship carers, lawyers and advocates can help end it.

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National Kinship Strategy: Implications for Local Authorites

30 Jan 2024
The first-ever National Kinship Care Strategy has been published. In this session we discussed the implications of the strategy on social work with kinship families and the impact it has on local authority planning, practice and workforce.

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Hedwig Verhagen

Child to parent violence and aggression

12 December 2023

In this session, Hedwig Verhagen, discussed some of findings from her book - Parenting Matters: Parenting a child affected by child to parent violence and aggression. A book that promotes the use of a trauma-responsive approach, and sets out strategies that can help manage violence and encourage children to develop more positive ways to approach challenges.

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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

12 September 2023

This session provided an overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It aimed to help fostering and adoption services by providing strategies and resources to assist those who are working with children or young people with a FASD diagnosis. Our presenters were Sandy and Martin Butcher, co-founders and co-chairs of the Hertfordshire FASD Support Network. Our Chair was Alice Sewell, trainer at NationalFASD.

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Access to records for care-experienced and adopted people

13 June 2023

This participatory session aims to shape forthcoming best practice guidance for managing care-experienced and adopted people’s records in England and Wales and improve the culture and processes involved.

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Experiences of Micro-aggressions for LGBTQ+ carers with a panel of adopters and foster carers

16 May 2023

This essential and exciting webinar gave an overview of Micro-aggressions which are subtle forms of discrimination that are often unintentional but can have a significant impact on the well-being of individuals. Presented by Charlotte Andrew, Proud 2B Parents with a panel of foster carers and adopters.

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Caring for children who have experienced domestic abuse

9 May 2023

Exposure to domestic abuse can have long-term consequences for children’s health and development. These may not be immediately apparent once children have been removed from an abusive home and are living with alternative carers. The impact of domestic abuse can be missed in assessment and planning, resulting in children not receiving the level of care and support they need.

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An introduction to working with black kinship care families

15 March 2023

Johanna Bernard and Sharon McPherson of Families in Harmony talk about the importance of cultural curiosity and humility when working with black kinship families. Its aim is to help organisations and individuals be more confident when working with black kinship families and to use co-production to create better outcomes for care, support and services.

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Enhancing anti-racist practice in services supporting permanence for children and young people

14 February 2023

Millie Kerr explored the importance of looking at supporting permanence through an anti-racist lens and when considering the long term needs of Black and Global majority children and young people.

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Kinship care support

17 January 2023

This webinar explores ‘what can effective kinship support look like’ in the context of statutory social work provision.

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