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Undertaking connected persons assessments

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This open course will familiarise social workers with the legal framework, process and forms required in assessing Connected Persons (family and friends) as potential foster carers. It will consider the intricate complexities and dilemmas that Connected Persons placements can involve and how these placements can best be supported.

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The placement needs of black children

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This open course will consider the care needs of children and young people in relation to their cultural identity, particularly those who may be placed trans-racially/ culturally. It will examine the practice, perspectives and experiences of social workers and others engaged in linking and matching children for adoption and fostering.

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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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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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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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