Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has had to be postponed. Apologies for the postponement and any inconvenience this may cause. 

About this event

One in four women whose children have been permanently removed from their care are likely to have successive children removed within the following seven years. Despite this, these women often do not receive appropriate support from services.

The Anna Freud Centre in collaboration with Pause, a charity working with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat removals of children from their care, piloted an 18 month Mentalisation Based Treatment group intervention with women who had at least two children removed from their care and were at risk of repeat removals due to the impact of complex trauma on their parenting. This small pilot has led to a further development of an MBT group to support these women and to help them in future relationships and with emotion regulation difficulties.

This free event, aimed at social workers, pause practitioners, psychologists, psychotherapist and other practitioners working with women affected by recurrent removals, aims to:

  • Explain the context of this population and the current lack of support it receives.
  • Describe the pilot, with its methods, procedure and findings.
  • Discuss learnings and set out plans for the next groups. 

Event Agenda:

16:30 - 16:40 Chair’s introduction

Professor Peter Fonagy, CEO, Anna Freud Centre

16:40 - 17:00 The psychological and mental health needs of women who have experienced recurrent removal

Claire Mason, Research Fellow, Centre for Child and Family Justice Research at Lancaster University

17:00 – 17:10 National learning from Pause Practices: the challenges women who have experienced recurrent removals can have in accessing therapeutic support

Ellen Marks, Director of Practice and Learning

17:10 - 17:25 Delivering First Steps in practice

Jennifer Savage, Practice Lead for Pause Islington and Camden

17:25 - 17:40 An overview of the First Steps feasibility study findings and our next steps

Giunia Scotto di Minico, Evaluation Assistant, Anna Freud Centre; Kim Alyousefi-van Dijk, Research and Evaluation Manager - Early Years Programme, Anna Freud Centre; Sheila Redfern, Head of Family Trauma Clinical Department - Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Anna Freud Centre; Lisa Shaverin, Senior Therapist and MBT Lead – Early Years Programme, Anna Freud Centre 

17:40 - 18:00 Q&A

Chaired by Professor Peter Fonagy, CEO, Anna Freud Centre

Who is this event suitable for?

Social workers, pause practitioners, psychologists and psychotherapists, other practitioners working with women affected by recurrent removal.

Aims of event

To launch our work as a Centre of Excellence for working, alongside Pause, with supporting mothers who have had their children removed.

  • Explain the context of this population and the current lack of support it receives.
  • Describe the pilot, with its methods, procedure and findings.
  • Discuss learnings and best practice for the future.
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