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Making good fostering assessments - two day workshop

| London

This two-day workshop will provide practitioners and particularly those who may be new to undertaking, quality assuring or considering fostering assessments  with an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and practice in completing fostering assessments.  This workshop may also provide a refresher for those wanting to reflect and build on knowledge skills and best practice in the completion of fostering assessments.

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Non Violent Resistance (NVR) in fostering - CORAMBAAF CONFERENCE

| London

Free members conference - free entry for full agency CoramBAAF members. 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. This conference will introduce delegates to the idea of NVR and explain how it is being used with foster carers in the UK and Belgium, in one-off individual situations and also as part of a wider strategic approach. 

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Beyond Together or Apart: Planning for, assessing and placing sibling groups

| London

This two-day workshop will offer a comprehensive approach to undertaking sibling assessments. It will explore who the key contributors to sibling assessments are and how assessors can plan assessments and engage these contributors in the process. Most importantly it will explore how to gain the views of the children, observe sibling interactions and draw conclusions on the quality of sibling relationships as well as focusing on the individual needs of each child and of the sibling group.

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Panel administrators: their role and responsibilities for fostering and permanency panels

| Leeds

The role of the panel administrator is a multidimensional one. The efficient administration of panels, including the provision of clear and accurate minutes, is a skilled and complex task that is essential to the smooth and effective operation of panels. This workshop will enable adoption and fostering panel administrators to examine related legislation and share best practice though group discussion and practice application.

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

| Birmingham

Combining theory and practice, this conference will provide 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. It has been structured in a way that will make the subject applicable to children at all developmental stages including adolescence.

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Life story work: Enhancing confidence in direct work with children and the creation of good quality life books

| Birmingham

In 2015 research, conducted jointly between the UK children’s charity Coram and the University of Bristol found great variation in the quality of life story books across England and Wales with many being of poor quality. The same research found that children were largely poorly prepared to explore their histories, adoption professionals and agencies did not seem to prioritise life story books, and that adopters felt poorly prepared in how to use and update life story books with their children.

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