Care and Education Events

“Keeping Our Children Safe” Training for the Designated Child Protection Lead

Two Day Course

All children have the right to live lives free from abuse and neglect but recent events highlight, yet again, how difficult it can be for so many adults to recognise, and act on concerns about the safety or welfare of a child. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that all organisations concerned with children should work towards what’s best for each child. The Designated Person for Child Protection has a vital role within organisations helping to ensure that adequate safeguards are in place and that necessary action is taken when concerns about a child are raised.

This two day training course will consider:

  • The role of the Designated Person and how this can be incorporated into your organisation

  • Legislation and guidance on safeguarding children and young people, particularly within the Welsh context

  • Essential safeguarding measures that need to be in place

  • The ‘abuse of trust’ and how to remain alert to potential sexual offences within the organisation

  • Assessing concerns about a child and making a referral to social services if necessary

  • The statutory child protection system and what may be expected of you

  • Confidentiality and good record keeping

  • Diversity and the additional vulnerabilities for some children

5 & 16/1/2020

9:30 - 4:30


21 & 22/1/2020

9:30 - 4:30



Wednesday 20 November 2019
10am-4pm, London

CoramBAAF is supporting World Mental Health Day - we are offering discounted rates for all Members. 


Plus all delegates will receive a FREE copy of the Good Practice Guide  Supporting the mental health of looked after and adopted children (usual price £16.95).


Mental health difficulties can affect children and adults from all walks of life – but unfortunately, looked after and adopted children are more likely to be affected, often due to their difficult early experiences. Health and social work professionals do a valuable yet challenging job of supporting these children, but the area of mental health can feel like a complex labyrinth. With demands on health and social care increasing, and a new emphasis being placed on the importance of children’s mental wellbeing, the conference will consider how health professionals and social workers can best assess, plan and deliver services that encourage and support good mental health.


Dr Karen Aldred is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in independent practice. She has worked for many years in NHS children’s mental health services, including developing and clinically leading multidisciplinary services for looked after and adopted children. In partnership with local authorities, she has developed specialist fostering services and training for social care professionals.

Dr Helen Rodwell is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Certified Theraplay Practitioner in independent practice. She has previously worked within secure settings, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and a specialist multidisciplinary NHS mental health service for looked after and adopted children.


The conference will:

     • share updated practice guidance on the best ways to assess and plan for children              that properly consider mental health issues in the context of their past experience 

        and current circumstances

     • examine recent research findings and practice developments which help to inform 

        health professionals and social workers about ways to provide interventions at the 

        earliest possible stage

     • provide opportunities for discussion about how new approaches can be put into 

        practice in the context of the current system


Social workers and their managers in fostering and adoption departments in local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies, regional adoption agencies, independent fostering providers, medical advisers to adoption and fostering panels and other health professionals working with looked after children, independent practitioners and adoption and fostering panel members.

To book your place at this event:

Visit the CoramBAAF website

Call the conference team on 0207 520 7520


For further information on how to book your place, please visit The Fostering Network website.

ExChange Wales Conference 2019


Professor Stephanie Holt, Trinity College Dublin and Professor Gloria Kirwan, Maynooth University - Exploring relationships with key workers in residential care

Linda Briheim-Crookall, Coram Voice - The Bright Spots project

Joanna McCreadie, Seamab and Rosie Moore, Strathclyde University - Independent Care Review, Scotland

Dr. Michael Arribas-Ayllon - Development psychology


Barnardo's Cymru: Attachment relationships

CASCADE: Kinship care

Voices from Care: Young people's perspectives

Tuesday 26th November, Swansea 

one FREE ticket per registration

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All you need is love? Reflecting on relationships in the care system

All children need love to help them thrive. Love instils a sense of self-esteem and belonging that is especially important when facing difficult or traumatic experiences throughout life.

However, ‘love’ is a challenging concept to understand and apply in the context of caring for children and young people removed or estranged from their birth families. There are many concerns about feeling and expressing love towards children and young people we care for in a professional context, not least safeguarding issues and fears about unstable personal boundaries. Nonetheless, love is both felt and expressed by both children and professionals, and close personal relationships based around trust and nurture are strongly valued by children and young people in care.

At this conference we present a range of professional and academic speakers, as well as care-experienced young people themselves, to discuss the difficult topic of love in the care system. We will consider our understanding of what love might mean in care contexts, different ways to express it and nurture it, and how it impacts the lives of care-experienced people, both in childhood and throughout their adult lives.

County Lines Seminar


Exploring the vulnerabilities and risks to children and young people in care


County lines refers to the expansion of criminal, drug dealing gangs from cities to smaller towns and rural areas. These gangs will specifically exploit the vulnerable, including children and young people in care at all points of their drug supply routes. This seminar will help attendees understand the methodologies of county lines whilst identifying the vulnerabilities and risks to young people in care.


Date: Tuesday 21 January 2020

Time: 9.30am – 1pm

Venue: Ty Seren, Whitchurch High School (Upper School), Penlline Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 2XJ.

Register for the seminar

A half day course

Under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, there has been a culture change in how we work with children and young people, with increased participation and engagement. Children who are eligible for care and support services will need to be involved in conversations about what matters to them, and be involved in the co-production of their well-being goals. This fun and interactive training session will introduce brand new tools developed for both care experienced and disabled young people that you can use in practice. This course will use a child rights based approach which is an overarching duty within the Act.


Aims of the course:

  • To have a better understanding of how to engage children and young people through care and assessment planning using best practice

  • To increase skills when working with children and young people to ensure their voices are heard

  • To explore brand new practical tools for working with both care experienced young people and disabled young people


This course is aimed at Social Workers, family support workers, youth workers, careers advisors and anyone else who thinks that they would benefit from extra tools to enhance their communication with young people.

22 October 20199:30am - 1:00pm - Rhyl

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6 November 2019 - 12:00pm - 3:30pm - Llanelli

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28 November 2019 - 10:00am - 1:30pm - Cardiff

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