6 hours CPD


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


    Violence to parents and siblings is the main reason for adopted children leaving home prematurely. (Selwyn, 2014)  We know that many other families continue to live with CPVA and that this has a significant impact on the wellbeing of all members of the family.

    During this training, we will aim to explore and reflect on CPVA in adoptive families in an evidence-informed, non-stigmatizing and most importantly child-centred way. We will consider CPVA in a wider context, before considering the complex reasons why it may disproportionately affect children who are adopted and the families they live in.

    •  The presentation will include the connection between CPVA and developmental/complex trauma, early losses, difficulties with self-regulation and sensory processing difficulties.
    • We will share the support Adoption Matters Centre for Adoption Support offers to families living with CPVA and will introduce you to the Family Safety Plan tool we have used with many families over the years.
    • We will explore strategies that have proven helpful for children affected by CPVA and their families, including a range of body based approaches. Occupational therapist Helen Stringfellow will offer an insight into the link between sensory processing difficulties and violent/aggressive behaviour and will offer a range of practical strategies that for some children may have an almost immediate effect on the frequency and severity of CPVA incidents.
    • Finally, we will explore what best practice in working with families affected by CPVA may look like. At Adoption Matters Centre for Adoption Support, we have formulated a Good Practice Manifesto for working with CPVA. We look forward to sharing this with you and to work together as a group to reflect on and evaluate this.  

     The day will have several opportunities to share experiences and have group discussions.

    Learning outcomes

    • A chance to explore CPVA in an adoption context
    • Explore CPVA from a child-centred perspective
    • Refresh or enhance knowledge on the possible cusses of CPVA
    • Consider possible helpful strategies and tools for working with CPVA, including the Family Safety Plan developed by the Centre for Adoption Support
    • Reflect on ‘best practice’ in working with families affected by CPVA


    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 us at [email protected]. We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

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