Fostering and adoption: Learning Resources
Achieving lasting permanence for children and young people requires a shared understanding of the issues for all the adults involved, with children and young people’s views and welfare at the centre of the process.
In the wake of the Children and Families Act 2014 and the DfE draft statutory guidance on adoption 2014, Research in Practice in partnership with Action for Children and TACT, have produced a series of open access learning resources to support all those working with looked after children and young people.
These learning resources, commissioned by the Department for Education, bring together research and evidence on key aspects of supporting looked after children, and are available on an open access fostering and adoption website.
The resources cover 16 topics, each of which includes a key messages briefing, questions to reflect on, case study examples, learning exercises and slide presentations. There is also a range of downloadable ‘how to’ guides for trainers.
- Legal frameworks
- Attachment theory and research
- Child development
- Early brain development and maltreatment
- Early childhood trauma
- Impacts of delayed decision making
- Leadership and supervision
- Monitoring and enabling parenting capacity
- Communicating effectively with children and young people
- Multidisciplinary working
- Analysing and using information
- Developing effective care plans
- Placement stability and permanence
- Managing risks and benefits of contact
- Working with birth parents
Aimed at: Social workers and their managers, Independent Reviewing Officers, foster carers and adopters, supervising social workers.
These learning resources are open access.