4.5 hours CPD


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


Early life adversity can have profound and long-term consequences for neurodevelopment. There is considerable evidence that exposure to early life stress, such as neglect and maltreatment, can result in alterations to pertinent neurobiological systems associated with cognitive dysfunction and increase vulnerability to mental health problems. Most children adopted from the public care system in the UK are removed from their birth family following experiences of abuse or neglect.

As an intervention, adoption drastically alters a child’s circumstances in a way which may compensate for adversity experienced in early life. However, adoptees remain more likely to experience emotional and behavioural problems that endure into later life. Adopted children are also overrepresented within clinical settings and lag their classmates academically. The Wales Adoption Cohort Study (2015-2020) had the overarching aim of increasing understanding of the factors that supported successful outcomes for Welsh children adopted from care.

This evidence seminar will:

  • profile the neuropsychological and mental health of Welsh children adopted from care in 2015 and consider the impact of family relationship quality on later psychological health and
  • examine post adoption sibling relationships including consideration of children placed together and apart

Learning outcomes

  • An understanding of the mental health and neuropsychological profile of children adopted from care
  • An understanding of the experiences of family life in the 5 years after adoption, including relationship quality and changes in employment pattern
  • A sense of how children’s mental health is associated with family functioning
  • Impressions of adoptive family life with respect to sibling relationship quality for children placed together and apart
  • Reflections on the different perspectives of academic researchers and practitioners and insights into unanswered questions about family life after adoption

About the speakers

Professor Katherine Shelton is a developmental psychologist with 20 years experience of research and teaching in the field of family functioning and child development. Her research is focused on identifying and understanding the psychological and social needs of vulnerable children and young people. Over the past 5 years, she has led an inter-disciplinary, longitudinal study investigating the experiences and early support needs of adoptive families and their children.

Dr Amy Paine is an early career researcher who works at the intersection of developmental, social, and cognitive psychology, and uses observation, neurocognitive assessments, and longitudinal methods to study child development. She is particularly interested children's interactions with family members and friends in relation to their social and cognitive skills and mental health.

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


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

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