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Learning from the law: adoption and fostering

| Bristol

A FREE LEGAL MASTERCLASS FOR CORPORATE MEMBERS ONLY. Cases that have been heard by the Court of Appeal and by the High Court (Family Division) provide valuable learning for social work and other child care professionals. There are few opportunities to hear about case law or to discuss the issues raised with colleagues and specialist lawyers. This seminar closes that gap.

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

| Leeds

This workshop will enable panel advisors 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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Child health assessments

| London

Child health assessments are a key component in permanence planning for looked after children. This includes providing reports about the impact of a child's prenatal history, past, current and future health. 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 workshop will consider the Medical Adviser's role in adoption relating to children.

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Adult health assessments

| London

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 workshop is designed to support medical advisers in their role. It is particularly suitable for new or inexperienced medical advisers.

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Chairing meetings with confidence

| Leeds

This workshop will explore general planning for and facilitation of panels and complex meetings in the children’s sector. It will explore time management and group facilitation whilst holding the child at the centre of thinking, recommendations and decision making. It will enable Chairs of meetings to consider good practice and approaches to effectively managing the flow of information, summarising and the formation of key action plans.

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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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An Introduction to the Secure Base Model (London)

| London

A FREE WORKSHOP FOR CORAMBAAF FULL MEMBER AGENCIES ONLY (LOCAL AUTHORITIES, REGIONAL ADOPTION AGENCIES, VOLUNTARY ADOPTION AGENCIES AND INDEPENDENT FOSTERING PROVIDERS) IN ENGLAND, WALES, NORTHERN IRELAND AND IRELAND - ONE ALLOCATED PLACE PER AGENCY (MAXIMUM 20 AVAILABLE PLACES), ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. This workshop provides an introduction to the Secure Base Model framework and specific related tools which enable practitioners to assess prospective foster carers’ and adopters’ parenting capacities and on-going support needs.

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