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Sibling placement: Assessment and decision making - Leeds


The Care Planning task for children in sibling groups can be a complex and emotive task. Joan Hunt, experienced social worker and trainer, provides this workshop for professionals to enable them to assess siblings and make decisions about their future. Joan will provides up-to-date research about the needs of siblings and a framework that can be used to assess sibling relationships and provide delegates with a tool kit to make informed assessments and decisions.

Sibling relationships are the most enduring relationships we have. Research points to positive sibling relationships being beneficial to a persons overall wellbeing. However, for children who have suffered abuse and trauma, their sibling relationships can be adversely impacted by these experiences. Continuing to live together may therefore lead to re-traumatisation, competition and intense rivalry. Consequently, Care Planning for children in sibling groups is a complex task, and an emotive one too.

This workshop will provide delegates with the tools and background knowledge to assess and make decisions about sibling assessments, whereby the focus is on identifying the strengths, vulnerabilities and needs of each individual child as well as the sibling group they belong to. Sibling group support needs and contact issues will also be thought about.

Who should attend

Social workers and other professionals working in adoption and permanency


Joan Hunt is an independent Social Work Trainer Consultant who works with child care and partner agencies to provide professional training and consultancy that reflects up to date theory, practice and legislation. She has delivered training to education, health and legal professionals and to international audiences.

Joan draws heavily from her professional and personal experiences as a former BAAF trainer consultant, social worker, adoption social worker, panel chair, disruption chair, parent and foster carer and applies this to her training with a strong focus on the child’s lived experience.

Benefits of attending:

  • Have a clearer understanding of what research tells us about the needs of siblings with regard to being placed separately or apart
  • Have an awareness of frameworks used to assess the quality of sibling relationships
  • Consider how decisions are reached about placing siblings.
  • Consider good practice in relation to placement of siblings
  • Consider support needs in sibling placements
  • Have an opportunity to explore issues stemming from the placement of siblings and the implications for support plans and contact

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Prices excluding VAT

Subscribing LAs - Professionals: £141 (£169.20 incl VAT)

Non-subscribing LAs - Professionals: £166.50 (199.80 incl VAT)


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