4 hours CPD


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

Why you should attend

Part training and part workshop is designed by CVAA and Barnardo's CAFIS service to help you explore with peers the key themes and challenges involved in direct contact with birth families. 

"I got so much out of the training, and meeting the two birth parents was very powerful…two of the most bravest individuals I’ve met! They had such a huge impact on me, and it’s made me even more determined to try my absolute best to reach out to birth families and help as much as I’m able to." - Attendee, February 2020 


    You will have an opportunity to learn what Barnardo's are doing in terms of a specific aspect of this work, whilst at the same time having the opportunity to identify the situations you find most challenging and work in smaller groups to consider various solutions.

    You will be able to network with practitioners from other agencies, share best practice and glean new ideas.

    The training will look at: 

    • Difference between supervised, supported and facilitated direct contact;
    • Alienation- what is it, what does it look like and the impact on emotional and mental health wellbeing;
    • Factors to consider for direct contact,
    • Preparation for direct contact;
    • Risks when undertaking direct contact between adopted and LAC siblings who have contact with adult birth family members;
    • Intervening in direct contact;
    • Reviewing contact when, how;
    • The future of contact;


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

    Arrive for registration at 10:30 am. 

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


    The event starts in 209 days 2 hours 49 mins 23 secs

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