Coming late spring 2021
Taking place over two Zoom sessions, the aim of this course is to understand the legislative and regulatory framework relating to special guardianship orders and connected persons assessments, equipping participants with the knowledge and understanding to deliver robust and well-evidenced assessments which highlight strengths, vulnerabilities and identify support needs.
When Special Guardianship Orders were introduced in 2005 it was to ensure children could be offered stability and security by living with existing foster carers or family members. There has been a huge increase in the use of SGOs, including for young children, and significant concern that assessment and support is not as robust as it could be to ensure children have the best outcome.
This course will consider the SGO regulations of 2016, the learning from SCRs by Birmingham, Devon, Oxfordshire and Nottingham and how assessors can deliver strong and thorough assessments.
It will focus on the SGO as a permanence order and making sense of the children’s needs and the prospective Special Guardians capacity so assessments inform thinking about addressing vulnerabilities and developing robust support plans. We will draw on relevant research and theory about the role of relational experiences and trauma on parenting.
The course will also think about the additional complexities for families and assessors of carrying out these assessments in the time of Covid-19 where lockdowns and local restrictions directly impact practice.
· Understand the legislative and regulatory framework for SGO/Connected Persons assessments
· Identify messages from research and learning from Serious Case Reviews that inform best practice in SGO assessments
· Consider the critical factors in successful placements and disruptions
· Explore use of attachment theory and the secure base model including assessment tools
· Develop confidence in analysis of risk and protective factors to form recommendations
Impact on Practice
· Workers will be able to apply learning in order to deliver robust and well evidenced assessments which highlight strengths and vulnerabilities and identify support needs.
· A greater understanding of how considering support needs and being aware of Adoption Support Fund can improve the outcomes for children who are or will be placed with family members.
This course will run over zoom for a group of up to 15. It will be delivered as two half day workshops.
· Explore the legislative and regulatory framework of kinship care.
· Using SCRs discuss what an assessment should consider.
· Tips and advice on constructing a report and making recommendations.
· Consider how to adapt to working virtually
· Explore tools that can be used in assessments including when working virtually
· Think about the underlying research and theory and how this may help us in making recommendations
· Discuss ongoing support needs for kinship families in the context of assessment.
Each workshop will involve a mixture of presentations and interactive discussions. There will be a focus on information available to take away to ensure all learning styles are considered. All attendees will need to be able to participate through Zoom using microphone and video.
This course is suitable for social workers undertaking assessments or supporting SGO and Connected Person’s carers and anyone managing such work.
Each workshop will take place via Zoom from 10am until 1pm. An electronic certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees by email after attendance at the course. This course equates to six learning hours. Electronic handouts will be emailed to all attendees prior to the course taking place.
The course will be provided over Zoom, attendees will need to have access to a device capable of accessing the Zoom video conferencing software and a reliable internet connection. You can test your connection by following this link
Charlotte is a qualified social worker who has worked for 15 years in the children and families field. She has in-depth knowledge of the needs and requirements of looked after children, having worked extensively with fostering, adoption and SGO regulations. Charlotte implemented such regulations during her time as team manager, assisting a team of social workers to deliver robust assessments.
Charlotte has extensive working knowledge of attachment theory and developmental trauma and the implications for children when considering permanence; including identifying the child’s needs, assessing prospective carers, delivering support plans, considering placement with siblings, contact arrangements and life story work.
Zoom Video Conferencing
This course will take place via Zoom video conferencing. You will need a device compatible with the Zoom video conferencing software and a reliable internet connection. You can test your connection here
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