MINUTE TAKING FOR KINSHIP CARE PANELS - DATE: 31 January 2022

Date:  Monday 31 January 2022

Time:  10.00am - 2.00pm

Online Platform:  MS Teams

Cost:  £85.00 + VAT

Facilitator:  Ravinder Kaur, Trainer/Consultant

Kinship care panels deal with making complex recommendations for children and their families. This online workshop will consider the task of being a minute taker within these meetings where crucial life-changing discussions take place.  It will consider the legal context, explore key information required for a good minute, discuss useful kinship research relevant to the role and share good practice with others in a safe setting.  For more information and to download an application form, please click here

WHOSE MINUTE IS IT ANYWAY? DATE: 1 September 2021

Date:  Wednesday 1 September 2021

Time:  10.00am - 2.00pm

Online Platform:  MS Teams

Cost:  £85.00 + VAT

Facilitator:  Ravinder Kaur, Trainer/Consultant

The role of the minute taker in adoption and fostering panels is a crucial one.  Adoption and fostering panels are underpinned by specific legal and regulatory requirements.  Therefore, minute takers need to have a sufficient understanding of these requirements in order to produce a minute that is relevant, clear and appropriate.  For more information and to download an application form, please click here

MAKING GOOD ASSESSMENTS OF ADOPTERS AND PERMANENT CARERS - USING THE NEW PROSPECTIVE ADOPTERS REPORT, SCOTAND (PAR-S) DATE: 5 May 2021

Date:  Wednesday 5 May 2021

Time:  10.00am - 2.00pm

Online Platform:  MS Teams

Facilitator:  Helen Runciman, Associate Trainer

Cost:  £85.00 + VAT

Linking to the publication of the new PAR-S template for completing assessments of prospective adopters and permanent carers, this workshop is targeted at workers who have experience in making assessments using the previous form. It will provide an opportunity for practitioners to update their knowledge and skills in conducting the assessment process, as well as becoming familiar with the new PAR-S format and considering how it can be adapted where necessary to suit particular situations. The workshop will consider how the new format can be used to explore whether the prospective adoptive parents have the capacities required to provide safe, nurturing care to children and young people. It will also consider how the assessment should demonstrate their understanding of the different legal routes to permanence and determine which plans prospective adopters and carers will be able to manage. It will allow participants to explore their own experiences, share case material, consider risk and look at what factors can lead to unsafe practice and vulnerable placements.  For more information and to download an application form, please click here

WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG? DATE: 22 June 2021

Date:  Tuesday 22 June 2021

Time:  10.00am - 2.00pm

Online Platform:  MS Teams

Cost:  £85.00 + VAT

Facilitator:  Rhona Pollock, Legal Consultant

In Scotland, it takes on average over 2 years between a decision for permanence being made and a legal order being granted - this is too long in the life of a child.

This workshop will tackle reasons for drift and delay and importantly what we can do to reduce these.

Delegates will have a safe and informed forum where they can share views and experiences with other workers by taking part in group work, case scenarios and discussion. Plenary sessions will provide up-to-date factual information on the responsibilities of all of us in promoting our individual role in taking control of these timeframes.

Innovatively, delegates are invited to submit beforehand anonymised case experiences so that a practical solution can be explored to see how the system can be child driven.

Looking at case planning from the outset, information recording, report writing, preparing for and presenting at Children’s Hearings and Courts, decisions about contact and moving to permanence, court decisions, research and theory and understanding legal requirements will inform and enable delegates to find the best way forward for children and families.  For more information and to download an application form, please click here

PROFESSIONAL REPORT WRITING - POSTPONED TO 12 NOVEMBER 2020

Date: Tuesday 19 May, 2020     POSTPONED TO 12 NOVEMBER 2020

Time: 09.45am - 4.00pm

Venue: Park Inn by Radisson, 139-141 West George Street, Glasgow

A vital competence for the practitioner is providing a well-written report which can accelerate the progress of a child’s plan through Children’s Hearings and Court. The quality of the social work report is the single biggest factor in determining the outcome of a Hearing or Court decision. Learn about common pitfalls, complaints from decision makers and poor habits that can obstruct social work planning from moving forward. Our workshop offers interactive worked examples, referring to research, legislative requirements and promising practice. For the worker who is looking to ensure the accuracy, proportionality and relevance of reports, this workshop is a must.

For further details and to download the booking form, please click here

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