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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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Panel advisers: Their role and responsibilities for adoption, fostering & permanency panels

| London CoramBAAF Campus

This workshop will enable panel advisers to examine their 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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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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Effective panels: An introduction to the functions and operations of fostering and adoption panels (England)

| London

This workshop 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 workshop is intended to share issues, dilemmas and best practice.

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An introduction to the Secure Base Model

| Leeds

FREE WORKSHOP FOR CORAMBAAF FULL MEMBER AGENCIES ONLY (LOCAL AUTHORITIES, VOLUNTARY ADOPTION AGENCIES AND INDEPENDENT FOSTERING PROVIDERS) IN ENGLAND, WALES, NORTHERN IRELAND AND IRELAND.
The Secure Base Model devised by Gillian Schofield and Mary Beek (UEA) focuses on the interactions that occur between caregivers and children, through the provision of a positive framework for therapeutic caregiving, which helps infants, children and young people to move towards greater security and builds resilience.

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Developing quality assurance in fostering & adoption assessments

| Leeds

Delivering a quality service requires a systematic and disciplined approach. Ongoing and periodic assessments require comprehensive monitoring processes and procedures. These in turn provide assurance that the processes in place are working effectively to measure outcomes for children and young people and meet legislative requirements. This workshop considers participants' roles and responsibilities in quality assurance and how the desired outcomes and requirements may be achieved.

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