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Family Time (Contact) and Working with Birth Families

Audience: Foster Care
Single session

Brief Overview

This training course will give carers an understanding of the importance of children and young people maintaining contact with their birth families. It will enable carers to explore the various types of contact, the issues of working in partnership with birth families and the relationship dynamics involved. Participants will also consider the reasons for supervised contact and the professional issues for foster carers.

Learning Outcomes

  • To give carers a clear understanding of the reasons for and the importance of contact, whether or not a child is planning to return home to his/her birth family.
  • To consider the legal framework and evidence from research relating to contact.
  • To consider the relationship issues for foster carers in contact with birth family members and some of the emotions and behaviours involved and the reasons.
  • To consider the principles of partnership with birth families.
  • To consider the role of the contact supervisor and the professional standards and expectations of effective monitoring, observation, recording and documentation of supervised contact.
  • To enable carers to consider their own feelings and perceptions of maintaining contact with a child’s birth family.
  • To consider managing and facilitating contact and how to support a child’s behaviour and feelings following contact.
  • To consider issues relating to managing and facilitating sibling contact.



  • Session - 12/11/2024 09:30  -  12:30

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Delivered by

  • Steve Goodburn Brighter Future Solutions

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