'RELATIVE MATTERS': Good Practice in Permanence Planning in Kinship Care

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.

The course will be delivered alongside the validation process from Strathclyde University at MSc Level 11 and once validated will attract an award of 60 credits (postgraduate certificate) which can be taken forward to further study. Agencies will need to be confident that their nominated student can study at master’s level.

The introductory session for students and their managers will be on the 3rd June 2019. The course requires attendance at three taught modules of three consecutive days per module between June 2019 and October 2019. Assessment will be based on assignments as well as a ‘training for trainers’ assessment. Comprehensive feedback is available to students. A student handbook will provide all the required information.

Course description

Module One:              The Kinship Care Context in Scotland

Module Two:              The Child in Kinship Care

Module Three:           Assessing and Supporting Kinship Carers


Course dates                                                               Venue              Cost    

Module One:             10,11 & 12 June 2019            Edinburgh       £2,745 + VAT  =     £3294.00

Module Two:             19, 20 & 21 August 2019                                                              

Module Three:          28, 29 & 30 October 2019                                                                      

 For further information, please download the flyer here    

For an application form, please download here                                                               

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