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Undertaking a health assessment

Undertaking a health assessment

This guide helps practitioners to collect and analyse health information. It also addresses how best to manage multidisciplinary and interagency working - essential to undertaking health assessments, as along with social workers, agency health advisers or medical advisers, midwives, neonatal teams, health professionals will also be involved.


Undertaking checks and references in fostering and adoption assessments

GPG Checks and references

The assessment of prospective foster carers and adopters is amongst the most important aspects of family placement work. Undertaking checks and references on applicants is a key part of these assessments, and a core task for social workers, to ensure the safe placement of vulnerable children. This comprehensive and necessary Good Practice Guide provides key information and guidance to help social workers carry out this vital task.


Undertaking a Child Assessment (Scotland)

Undertaking a child assessment (Scotland)

A guide that will help assessing social workers in Scotland to plan, conduct and complete a comprehensive and evidence-based assessment of a child using CoramBAAF’s Child’s Adoption and Permanence Report (CAPR) (for Scotland).

This comprehensive guide places the report in the context of relevant policy and practice, with full information about its purpose and background. It then explores the practicalities of completing each section of the CAPR to assess the needs of children. The guide also offers comprehensive advice on using the CAPR for relinquished infants placed for adoption. A wide range of case studies illustrate the practicalities of undertaking assessments and the various issues that workers may face.


Effective Adoption Panels

Effective Adoption Panels

What are the roles and responsibilities of adoption panel members? What laws and regulations determine the functioning of an adoption panel? How can panels improve their work to make better placements?

Effective Adoption Panels is the only guide of its kind. The 2016 seventh edition has been comprehensively revised and updated, and will help panels to make sound and effective recommendations.


Adopting a child

Adopting a child

With over 60,000 copies already sold, this beginner’s guide is the book for anyone who is thinking of adopting a child in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Now in its 11th edition, the guide has been fully revised and updated to reflect all recent changes to adoption legislation and guidance. It provides essential information and helps explain the process involved in adopting a child or children.


Thinking about fostering?

Thinking about fostering?

Thinking about fostering? explores everything a prospective foster carer needs to  know about fostering and what it involves, including the types of children who need to be fostered, why they need a foster home, what happens when a child moves in, and the emotional and practical realities of living together as a foster family.


Group Work with Adopted Children and Young People

Group Work with Adopted Children and Young People

Research shows that children’s groups can bring great benefits for adopted children and their families, and good practice guidance stipulates that adoption agencies should run groups as part of their support services. This guide considers the practicalities of setting up a group, how best to structure the group and its activities, how to deal with any difficulties, and how to sustain a group long term.


The adoption process in England

The Adoption Process

An A-Z about the adoption process that no children’s social worker or manager can afford to be without!

  • What are the options for securingpermanence?
  • How do I get started on life story work?
  • How do I plan for contact?
  • How do I prepare for the adoption panel?
  • What is the legal effect of an adoption order?

The answers to these and many other questions about adoption, and the tasks associated with it, are contained in this informative and accessible guide – newly revised and updated to take account of changes to legislation and practice.


Parenting a child who has experienced trauma

Parenting a child who has experienced trauma

Parenting a child who has experienced trauma is the eleventh title in CoramBAAF’s popular Parenting Matters series which explores a range of health needs and conditions commonly associated with looked after children. Each title provides expert knowledge about a particular condition, coupled with facts, figures and guidance, and is presented in a straightforward and accessible style. Each book also describes what it is like to parent an affected child, with adopters and foster carers “telling it how it is”, sharing their parenting experiences, and offering useful advice. This combination of expert information and first-hand experiences will help readers to gain knowledge, achieve understanding, and to make informed decisions about whether they can care for a child.


The Adopter’s Handbook on Therapy

The Adopter’s Handbook on Therapy

Adoption signals a new beginning and, for the child, the start of a journey to a brighter future with the support of a loving family. For many adopted children, however, putting the past behind them isn’t always easy.

The legacy of early experiences – loss, trauma, abuse – leaves many adopted children fragile, wary, angry and emotionally volatile. They need an enhanced type of parenting – parenting that recognises and accommodates their needs, fills in the gaps of early development, promotes their recovery, and helps them to learn to trust and to form a bond with their adoptive parents. And parents need help in managing the stresses of living with a child with a wide range of known and sometimes unknown difficulties.


Access to Information for Adult Care Leavers

Access to Information for Adult Care Leavers

Agencies in the UK receive hundreds of enquiries each year from adult care leavers wishing to access records related to their time in care. Their need to receive this information, and its significance, should not be underestimated. Such information can explain why an individual came into care and the decisions that were made about them – having a greater understanding of their family background can help the adult care leaver to make sense of their identity and history.

This guide will be invaluable for Access to Records Officers (AROs) and social workers in the UK and will enable them to be more knowledgeable, confident and resourceful when providing access to records and related services for adult care leavers.


Attachment, Trauma and Resilience

Attachment, Trauma and Resilience

Over a 25-year period Kate and Brian Cairns, along with their three birth children, fostered 12 children ranging in age from four to 15 at the time of joining the family. In their highly successful books Attachment, Trauma and Resilience (Kate Cairns) and Fostering Attachments (Brian Cairns) they offered a compelling insight into the realities of family life with children who have lived through overwhelming stress. Now for the first time Kate and Brian’s separate works havebeen combined in this new edition of Attachment, Trauma and Resilience.


Our Adoption Journey

Our Adoption Journey

Our Adoption Journey follows the family from their initial hopeful decision to adopt, to the eagerness and anxiety of preparation groups and meetings with social workers, to the breathtaking moment when they meet their daughter for the first time. But not everything runs smoothly along the way – and even once Jessie joins their family, learning to love and trust each other is something that can’t be rushed.


Fostering Now 2016

Fostering Now

Fostering Now presents the law, regulations, standards and guidance relating to fostering in England today in easily digested bite-sized chunks. This new edition has been fully revised and updated to draw together all current legislation and procedures, including the 2011 National Minimum Standards, as well as recent changes and new initiatives.

Small enough to carry round in a handbag or briefcase, it provides instant access to necessary knowledge and data whenever needed.


Adoption by Foster Carers

Adoption by foster carers

Adoption by foster carers has always been possible and recent years have seen a small increase in the numbers of children being adopted in this way. However, this is an area of practice that has attracted controversy and divergent views prevail. This new Good Practice Guide explores some of the issues behind the contradictory views. It challenges practitioners to reflect on the “practice wisdom” that has previously steered practice in this area and invites them to adopt a more open-minded and child-centred approach.

Adoption by Foster Carers addresses several questions: Do children adopted by their foster carers experience more stable placements? What are the factors that facilitate adoption by foster carers and what are the barriers? How can foster carer adopters be supported? How should they be prepared and assessed? And what about the “matching” process – to what extent does it apply if the child is already living with the carers?


Life Story Work 2016

Life Story Work

Life Story Work lays the foundations of approaching life story work with children and introduces the whys, whats, hows and whens of doing it. It explores when to start, how to communicate with children and help them talk about their feelings, how to work with particular groups of children e.g. disabled children or those who have been sexually abused, and how to use life story work in different settings.

This revised edition includes new contributions on digital life story work with adolescents, and using life story work in rehabilitation situations and where unmediated contact has taken place via social media. The guide is accessibly presented and the use of case studies throughout helps bring the material to life.


Parenting a Child affected by Sexual Abuse

Key Changes to Family Justice (England)

Parenting a child affected by sexual abuse provides a candid yet sensitive approach to this difficult subject. Including useful background information on child sexual development, the knowledge and insight that has been gained from adult survivors, and accounts of what it is like to parent a child who has been sexually abused, this practical handbook addresses the long-term effects of sexual abuse and how experience in the adoptive and foster care family can support recovery and healthy development.


Key Changes to Family Justice (England)

Key Changes to Family Justice (England)

This guide supports practitioners and professionals by detailing not just the recent changes in the law but also, and more importantly, how these changes are being applied in practice. It is an invaluable resource for all those involved in the family justice process.

How can practitioners and the courts work together under these new rules to ensure the best outcomes for children? What has changed in family law, and what has remained the same? Which changes are relevant to work with looked after children and their families?


Adoption & Fostering Journal SPECIAL EDITION (FASD)

Adoption & Fostering Journal SPECIAL EDITION (FASD)

Exposure to alcohol before birth is the most important preventable cause of brain damage in children that could affect up to one in every 100 babies in England and Wales. This means that about 7000 affected infants are born every year. The effects of exposure range from devastating physical and learning disabilities to subtle damage causing impulsive behaviour, violence and criminality. The cost to society, as well as to the individuals and their families, is staggering.

In this special edition of the CoramBAAF journal Adoption & Fostering, UK experts from the fields of neuroscience, medicine, social work, education and care tackle the realities of FASD head on. How does prenatal exposure to alcohol affect the developing brain? How much (or little) is the problem understood by professional groups? What are the experiences of community paediatricians, teachers and adoptive parents working on the ground? Why does UK policy on abstinence from alcohol in pregnancy lag so far behind that of other countries – from Canada and the USA to Mexico, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Denmark and France?

With a focus on UK expertise and experience and an emphasis on practical approaches (including the views of two adoptive families) Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is a must read for all those who are responsible for helping children to manage and live with this ‘invisible disability’, including social workers, health professionals, teachers and support staff in the education system, therapists, adoptive parents and foster carers.


Dennis lives with Grandma and Grandpa 


This latest title in the popular Dennis Duckling series is designed to help very young children who live, or are going to live, with family or friends, to understand what has happened, why they can no longer live with their parents, and to express their feelings about this.

In Dennis lives with Grandma and Grandpa, Dennis and his sister go to live with their grandparents, but the simple story is easily adaptable to children living in other kinship / connected person situations, for example, with an aunt, older sibling or close family friend.

The story also explores how the decision is made, the ducklings' mixed feelings, and the issue of contact within kinship care, particularly around managing expectations and handling emotions.


Effective Fostering Panels 2015 edition


Fostering panels have a crucial role to play in the provision and monitoring of foster care for looked after children and for foster families. Members of fostering panels need up-to-date information and advice in order to carry out their duties effectively and responsibly. This new edition of CoramBAAF’s practical and comprehensive guide Effective Fostering Panels has been comprehensively revised and expanded and offers various useful resources.

The guide brings together the key messages in regulations, standards and inspections about fostering panels for members of panels as well as foster carers, managers and workers in fostering agencies. It offers good practice points to agencies in the operation of effective panels and is relevant to all fostering service providers. Although the fostering regulations apply in England only, agencies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland should find many of the practice points applicable.


Managing Difficult Behaviour 2015 edition

Managing Difficult Behaviour

Would you like to develop a better relationship with the child you are caring for? Do you sometimes struggle to deal with your child’s tantrums, rudeness or aggression? Does your child often play up to get your attention? Does your child sometimes wind you up until you feel desperate? If you answer yes to just some of these questions, this book is for you.

Fostering is a challenging and important role. It changes children’s lives, but it can make many and varied demands on foster carers. Some of the challenges arise from children presenting behaviours that can be difficult to deal with.

Managing Difficult Behaviour is a unique handbook that aims to provide foster carers with new skills to help them manage a child’s behaviour and improve their relationship with him or her. This revised and updated edition, which contains significant new content, is full of useful tips, case examples and exercises, and addresses key areas.


Making good assessments 2015 edition

Making good assessments

The must-have guide for everyone involved in ensuring successful placements for children.

Preparing and assessing potential adopters and permanent foster carers is key to a successful placement. But what makes for a good assessment? What are the critical areas that must be covered? How can workers ensure that the assessment process is an enabling and rewarding experience for the applicant?

Making good assessments is a practical resource guide that is both creative and imaginative in its format. This new edition has been comprehensively revised and updated and is designed to help agencies and family-finding services develop their own assessment programmes. It will help to provide knowledge and understanding to underpin assessments; it can be used flexibly within group settings, individual or family discussion; it fits with current thinking and philosophy but allows scope for development; and provides a broad-based foundation that can be built upon for ongoing work.


Foster carer reviews 2015 edition

Foster carer reviews

Reviews of foster carers have a key role in evaluating foster care practice and offering the opportunity for improving the quality of foster care provided. They are governed by regulations and require an assessment of whether or not a foster carer and their household remain suitable to care for foster children and if their terms for approval are still appropriate.

There is surprisingly little published about foster carer reviews, other than that which is within regulations, standards, guidance and codes of practice. This pioneering and informative guide sets out the process and practicalities and makes recommendations for good practice.


Contact after adoption

Contact after adoption

Legislation states that contact between an adopted child and his or her birth relatives must be considered and discussed in the child’s placement plan. A key consideration in decisions about contact should be the child’s welfare; it is important therefore to understand how contact affects adopted children throughout their lives. Existing research evidence has found that the impact and quality of contact can vary widely – in some cases it is wanted and valued by children, but in others, it can have an unsettling and disturbing effect. There is also very little research that has included the views of older children and adolescents.

Contact after adoption presents the comprehensive findings of a longitudinal study that followed up a group of adopted children, their adoptive parents and birth relatives, where some form of post-adoption contact was planned. The findings are of particular importance due to the study’s duration – the children, all placed under the age of four, have been followed through preschool, middle childhood and into later adolescence.