4.5 hours CPD


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


Social work policy in the UK and public discourse informed by this policy insists that children need permanent and secure homes. In finding homes for children, preserving and nourishing their identities is prioritised. Focusing on the experiences of Muslim children in the care system, this interactive online training course will begin a discussion about the complexities and nuances in Muslim children’s identities.

There are approximately 4,500 children of Muslim heritage in the Care system in England and Wales and this number is increasing. Through excerpts from interviews with 41 social workers, foster carers, adoptive parents, prospective adoptive parents, and care leavers, this workshop will present a research-informed narrative of the layered and intersectional ways in which Muslim-heritage children experience and articulate their faith identities. 

This training course will draw upon fieldwork to demonstrate that faith can be a key aspect of children’s identities and needs to be considered in decisions and processes of finding permanent homes for vulnerable children. Yet faith is not the only consideration and need to be explored in tandem with other aspects of children’s lives. An interactive quiz will be used to initiate a conversation around the lived experiences of Muslims families in Britain as well as relevant theologies.

Learning outcomes

  • Cultural literacy: Participants will develop greater appreciation of the diversity among Muslims in Britain and how this is relevant to the lives of children in care.
  • Religious literacy: Participants will start to have a discussion around aspects of Muslim religious belief and practice, again in relation to children in care. This will be developed in training two on ‘Developing Professional Curiosity in Relation to Muslim Children in Care’

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.


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