Expertise

What sets apart our trainer consultants is their expertise, underpinned by a sound knowledge base of the latest developments in the field. Many of them are published authors. They are all social work qualified or have relevant qualifications and experience in their area of practice. They also need to have knowledge of the childcare legal framework and to keep abreast of new research, developments and policy initiatives.

Our trainers' own knowledge and experience is backed by the unmatched resource of expertise which can be found in the whole of the CoramBAAF team

Matching your requirements

We offer comprehensive training, conferences and consultancy on adoption, fostering, special guardianship and related issues.

Whether you need training, consultancy or facilitation, we have a consultant who can meet your needs. Our team of full-time and associate trainer consultants has a proven track record of running effective workshops and group-based training courses which respond to the changing needs and priorities of the workforce.

Meet the team

Roana Roach - Training and Consultancy Manager

Following many years generic social work practice experience, Roana specialised in adoption and fostering, working as a Deputy Project Manager for Barnardo’s. She 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 currently facilitates CoramBAAF’s Black Workers’ Practice Group as well as black adoption support groups for a number of London adoption consortia.

Jacqui Lawrence - Trainer Consultant

Before she joined BAAF/CoramBAAF, Jacqui gained considerable experience of residential work with older people as well as those with learning and physical disabilities. She has worked as a Fostering Manager for two independent fostering agencies where she specialised in supporting foster carers in a treatment foster care setting. Jacqui joined BAAF in 2009 and specialises in supporting foster carers, creating policies and procedures, and preparing agencies for fostering and children’s homes inspections. She is the Chair of a local authority fostering panel, an IRM panel member and a panel member of an Independent Fostering Provider.

Chris Atkins - Trainer Consultant

Beginning  her social work career in the early 1980s as a residential worker with disabled service users, Chris qualified as a social worker in 1990. Since qualifying she 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, Chris worked extensively providing post adoption and special guardianship support services within voluntary and statutory services. 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.

Pippa 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.