4.5 hours CPD


Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies and Local Authorities) and Independent Professionals.


      There are approximately 4,500 children of Muslim heritage in the Care system in England and Wales and this number is increasing. This interactive workshop will draw upon case studies from original feedback to explore the social work practice in relation to how children needs were met or indeed not met, by those caring for them. Case studies used will be anonymised but real.

      In this training course, we will explore Islamic theological considerations around children in care and implication of these on the recruitment of adopters and foster carers.

      Finally, a series of micro-case studies will be used to demonstrate how and why professional curiosity around Islam may be developed. We will interrogate cultural differences and try to identify inherent yet unrecognised bias that may have an impact on how children’s journey through care is perceived and managed.

      Learning outcomes

      • Religious Literacy: Building on discussions from the previous training course on “Re-thinking Approaches to Muslim Identity for Children in Care: More than Faith”, this course will develop participant’s understandings of core Islamic theology and how these translate into practical considerations, as relevant to the needs and lives of children in care.
      • Inclusive Practice: Participants will reflect on their own positionality in relation to Muslim children in care, recognised unconscious biases and develop strategies to overcome these.

      About the trainer

      Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor is Feminist Sociologist of Religion. She is Assistant Professor and Research Group Lead for Faith and Peaceful Relations at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. She chairs the Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN). Her publications include Muslim Women in Britain: Demystifying the Muslimah (Routledge 2012), Religion or Belief, Discrimination and Equality: Britain in Global Contexts (Bloomsbury 2013) and Islam on Campus: Contested Identities and the Cultures of Higher Education (OUP 2020). She led the first research exploration of the experiences of children of Muslim-heritage in the care system in Britain. She is proud adoptive mother to two cheeky children.

      Alison Halford is a Research Fellow at the Centre of Data Science. She is a sociologist of religion, with particular interest in minority religions in the UK. Her work on British women and Mormonism was recently published in the Handbook of Gender and Mormonism (2020).  Before entering academia, Alison worked with families at risk of offending.


      A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

      If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact our Practice Manager Petra Jodlova.

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