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Effective panels: An introduction to the functions and operations of fostering and adoption panels (England)

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This open course aims to give new and recently appointed fostering and adoption panel members  an opportunity  to  develop their role as effective panel members and to consider the tasks and responsibilities involved. This will be within the context of the current legislative framework and emerging messages from research. Fostering and adoption/permanency panel work is challenging to all concerned in the process. This course is intended to share issues, dilemmas and best practice.

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

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Effective adoption and fostering panels are crucial to the delivery of a good adoption and fostering service, and the provision of services for looked after children. The role of the panel administrator is a multidimensional one. This open course 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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Black Lives Matter – what does this mean for fostering and adoption? - two-day open course

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More than ever, people are seeing and questioning the treatment of black people in society, not only in the US but in this country also. As the conversation develops, we all begin to reflect on what we do in our everyday lives and specifically the workplace that continue to negatively impact on the lives of black people. This two-day course is an opportunity to consider how these issues impact fostering and adoption.

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Making Good Adoption Assessments

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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 adoption assessments with an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and practice in completing adoption assessments.

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Panel advisors: Their role and responsibilities for fostering and permanency panels

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Panel advisors have a complex role in managing the relationship between the agency and the panel, quality assuring and feeding back to all involved in panel work. This open course will enable panel advisors to examine this role in detail and build on effective practice as they carry out their role and responsibilities including: quality assurance; inducting new panel members; contributing to the appraisals of panel members; feeding back issues to the agency and working with the agency decision maker.

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

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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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Sibling assessments: beyond, together, apart

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This open course 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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