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Agency decision makers: their role and responsibilities for fostering and permanency panels

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Decision makers in fostering and adoption agencies have a vital but often under-explored role. Many decision makers describe finding themselves in the role with little or no preparation, and with few arenas locally to share dilemmas or discuss best practice. What is the best process for reaching a sound decision? How can you avoid it simply becoming a ‘rubber-stamping’ exercise? What is your role in relation to the quality assurance of the panel’s activities? How should a decision maker appraise a panel chair? What does a reasonable decision look like? How should it be conveyed?

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Exploring Expertise: Trauma-informed support for birth parents to end repeat removals

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FREE FOR MEMBERS
A large proportion of children entering care are from families who have previously had a child removed from their care: almost half (47%) of all newborns who are subject to care proceedings were born to mothers who had previously been subject to care proceedings regarding their older sibling. Pause is a national charity working to improve the lives of women who have had - or are at risk of having - more than one child removed from their care, and the services and systems that affect them. At this participatory session, we will explore learnings from the past ten years of providing support to parents who have had children removed from their care and set out the case for support services for birth parents.

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Private fostering practice

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This course is an opportunity to explore the legal and practice framework of private fostering, including best practice in how to work with this often unseen group of children. It will include explanation of the respective responsibilities of parents, private foster carers and local authorities, when private fostering arrangements are made.

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Learning from Research: The adultification of Black girls in state care

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FREE FOR MEMBERS
The issue of the adultification of Black girls in England has received more attention in recent years with the high-profile case of Child Q who was strip-searched by police officers in her school in London. This session covers Sylvia Ikomi's PHD research into the adultification of Black girls in state care and her Churchill Fellowship interviews and focus groups with experts on the topic, as well as professionals, that have observed the dynamics of this issue within their own work in the social care sector.

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Social Work Week: Social Work England, renewals and continuing professional development

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FREE FOR MEMBERS
Continuing professional development is the heart of our growth as social workers and while we are always learning on-the-job, there is a need to provide evidence and reflection on our learning to Social Work England to maintain our Social Work registration. This session will discuss the importance of social work continuing professional development, what is required by Social Work England and some examples of continuing professional development and peer reflection.

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Adult health assessments

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Analysing adult health assessments is a key element of assessing adopters and foster carers. This includes providing reports and evidence-based comments so that panels can reach appropriate decisions. This course is designed to support medical advisers in their role. It is particularly suitable for new or inexperienced medical advisers.

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Fostering assessments (Form F) – best practices - two day course

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This two-day open course 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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EDI Exploring Expertise: LGBTQ+ young people and their social care needs

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FREE FOR MEMBERS
This session will outline recent findings that outline the particular and significant needs for LGBTQ+ people when linked to social care. It will also discuss the LGBTQ+ Young People in Social Care (LYPSA) practice briefing that provides a model for explaining their challenges as well as recommendations for improving practice. Presenters Dr Jason Schaub, Dr Willem Stander and a young advisor from the research project Omar Mohamed.

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Child health assessments

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Child health assessments are a key component in permanence planning for looked after children. Medical Advisers need to be aware of the relevant legislation, statutory guidance and competencies framework. They are required to interpret information and present this in an informative and considered format for social care colleagues, panels and potential carers. This course will consider the Medical Adviser's role in adoption relating to children.

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Post-adoption support conference: Contemporary insights into adoption support

| London

IN-PERSON EVENT
We are delighted to announce our post-adoption support conference on 11 March 2024 at the Coram Campus. This conference is an opportunity for all professionals working within adoption to share practice, listen to contemporary research, and discuss the pathways toward a better future for all adopted children and their families.

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