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4 hours

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Developing the evidence base for looked after children and former looked after children

This is the third of a series of seminars being delivered by the Centre, that aims to draw on emerging evidence, findings from practice and on the experience of developing new ways of working, to better understand and address the needs of looked after children and children on the edge of care.

Drawing on the innovative research and practice work currently being developed by the Centre, along with contributions from other organisations involved in developing innovative work in this area, these seminars will provide an opportunity to explore new approaches and the implications of these for wider practice within social care organisations, for those working with children and young people who have experienced maltreatment and trauma.

Exploring the evidence around 'what works' to promote the mental health of looked after and former looked after children.

This seminar, led by Dr Sheila Redfern, will provide an opportunity to explore what works, in this complex area, alongside reviewing emerging learning from the Centre's developing work to implement mentalization based approaches for looked after and former looked after children.

Key sessions at the event will include:

  • What does the evidence tells us about 'what works' to promote the mental health of looked after and former looked after children; Dr Peter Fuggle & Dr Sheila Redfern
  • Developing a coherent evidence based approach to addressing the needs of looked after and former looked after children -  emerging learning from programmes being developed by the AFNCCF.
  • Herts and Minds; learning from a small-scale trial (feasibility study) of Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT), adapted for use with children in foster care. Professor Pasco Fearon UCL and Dr Sarah J Besser University of Hertfordshire
  • Reflective Fostering -learning from this pilot programme, developed to improve foster carers sense of competence and confidence in understanding themselves and their foster child, to improve foster children's relationships with their carers and as a consequence promote placement stability. Dr Sheila Redfern and Dr Helen Brasnett AFNCCF

1.00-1.30 Lunch (please specify any dietary requirements in the special requirements section of the booking form)

Following this, we will aim to work with a small number of LA's to develop and 'test out' approaches to working with high risk young people - and the 'tools' and approaches set out above.

This seminar is aimed at senior strategic and operational managers from children's social care services.

The timetable for this event is:

10.30-10.35- Welcome and Introduction to Care in Mind seminar

10.35-10.40- What is Care in Mind?

10.40-1.00-  Developing a coherent evidence based approach to addressing the needs of looked after and former looked after children - emerging learning from programmes being developed by the AFNCCF.

    • 10.40-11.30: What do we know about the evidence base regarding effective interventions and what is the Centre’s approach to improving interventions for LAC and former LAC?  Dr Peter Fuggle and Dr Sheila Redfern
    • 11.30-11.50:   Herts and Minds;  learning from a small-scale trial (feasibility study) of Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT), adapted for use with children in foster care. Professor Pasco Fearon  and Sarah Jane Besser 
    • 12.00-12.20: Reflective Fostering -   learning from this pilot programme, developed to improve foster carers' sense of competence and confidence in understanding themselves and their foster child, to improve foster children's relationships with their carers and as a consequence promote placement stability. Dr Sheila Redfern and Helen Brasnett 

Facilitated discussion:  12.20-13.00: Possible next steps and implications for this for future practice: Dr Sheila Redfern and Dr Peter Fuggle

1.00-1.30 Networking lunch (please specify any dietary requirements in the special requirements section of the booking form).