KC-Jones Event

Supporting families formed by adoption, care or guardianship and those who work with them

Venue: BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London
Date: Friday 19th April 2013


Supporting families formed by adoption, care or guardianship  and those who work with them, to support children separated from their birth families.

This workshop will consider why the needs of children who are permanently separated from their birth families are complex and important to support.  The workshop will review attachment theory and the impact of developmental trauma on childhood.  The day will focus on the impact a disrupted childhood has on the school experience and how to develop resilience in children/families.

This workshop will provide an insight into the experience of children who have been removed from their birth families and how important it is to understand their world, from the point of the child.  This leads to a greater understanding that all behaviour has meaning and that we must pay attention to this and how it can lead to better understanding of factors that are beyond the child and avoids only ‘within child' accounts for complex behaviours.

This workshop will assist those who do not have a pure social work background to understand the legalities and complexities for children removed from their birth family. This can avoid a ‘blame culture' developing within organisations as people begin to understand the roles of other professionals and how working together is best achieved.

Target audience
Anyone who is working with families where a child has been removed from their birth family.  Educational Psychologists, clinical psychologists, social workers, teachers, families (foster carers/adoptive parents/special guardians).

Learning outcomes and objectives:
- To be aware of the legalities and complexities surrounding children who are separated from their birth family.
- To have reviewed attachment theory and be able to describe attachment theory.
- To consider the concept of developmental trauma and describe how it impacts on childhood.
- To reflect on the concept of resilience and how the development of resilience is supported.
- To outline ways that children who have experienced a disrupted childhood can be supported at home and school.

Facilitator: Laura Dunstan CPsychol AFBPsS

If you wish to register for this event please complete the online booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


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