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Managing Placement Breakdown and Learning from Disruptions

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This open course is a chance to consider ways in which positive interventions can address the diverse needs of children, young people and their families and think about how support services can respond to the needs of children and their adopters when placements are in difficulty. It will also identify the key factors shown by research to contribute to adoption disruptions and look at how to support all parties when a permanent placement must end.

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Permanence Planning

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This open course will consider the importance of early intervention and planning for Looked After Children and to understand the routes to permanence for all children and the options available. It will include the legislative framework, pre-proceedings and court timescales and messages from research.

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Making Good Adoption Assessments (two-day open 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 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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This open course 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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An Introduction to the Secure Base Model

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This open course 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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Child Permanence Reports

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This open course will support social workers to understand the content, purpose and function of the Child Permanence Report (CPR), good practice in its undertaking and how it can be used to provide a full picture of each child’s journey and needs.

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Supervising Social Workers: their roles and responsibilities

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The open course will help to increase the understanding of the supervisory requirements of supervising social workers, in line with fostering legislation. It will look at roles and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children and young people and how foster carers can be supported and developed in their role.

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Moving to Adoption

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This open course is based on the materials and model developed by the University of East Anglia which addresses concerns that when children move to an adoptive family, their feelings of loss and separation can be overlooked. This is especially so when moves happen over a short time period and when contact with foster carers is abruptly cut off. The model is underpinned by the Secure Base Model, a framework for providing therapeutic caregiving in foster care and adoption.

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Chairing meetings with confidence

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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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