This workshop will help new panel members develop both an understanding of the role of the panel as well as giving them the opportunity to consider their contribution to this process. This workshop will reflect the updated Effective Adoption and Fostering Panels in Scotland good practice guide.
This unique course is aimed at social workers and managers in children and families’ teams, family placement teams as well as other specialist settings across the statutory, voluntary and independent sector. Applicants will require the support of their employer to attend as well as validate their work. It is imperative that sponsoring agencies ensure their nominated students have the motivation, capacity and commitment to complete the course. Please note this course will be delivered virtually using Microsoft Teams.
The assessment of family members and known adults as kinship carers for a child or young person unable to live with their birth family is one of the most complex that a worker can undertake. It is only through the completion of full and robust assessments that decisions can be made in the child’s best interests.
Social workers regularly find attending children’s hearings difficult. Communicating with panel members, dealing with challenging legal agents, supporting sometimes angry and confused families and explaining your recommendation and departmental policy is a daunting undertaking. This interactive workshop will guide, support and enable you to meet these exacting demands.
Child protection concerns do not come labelled as such and it is vital that adoption social workers feel confident in identifying the factors that may mean that a child is at risk of harm