ONLINE COURSE: Facilitating Parent and Child Placements



Foster carers are increasingly being asked to care for a parent and their child during care proceedings, and to contribute towards the assessment of parenting capacity. This type of arrangement is complex, involving different tasks and responsibilities.

This course will consider the foster carer's key role in providing parent and child arrangements and ensuring successful outcomes for children. It will also provide clarity about the role of the agency and the supervising social worker in monitoring, reviewing, evaluating and supporting foster carers, whilst making certain that practice is transparent and compliant with the law. 

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the legal and regulatory bases for parent and child arrangements
  • Recognise the roles and responsibilities of the foster carer and the parent
  • Reflect on messages from research and identify the specific aspects that relate to successful outcomes
  • Consider the management of safeguarding issues

Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at; foster carers, referral and assessment social workers, family support social workers and supervising social workers.

On open courses we can accommodate a maximum of four delegates from one organisation only. For a larger group booking, please see the information on commissioned training.

For social workers, reflection on this session may contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD).

Recommended Reading:

Parent and child fostering

Authors: Paul Adams and Elaine Dibben 

This practice guide addresses the challenges faced by agencies and foster carers by this specialist area of work. It offers valuable advice, information and a host of practical suggestions on how to deliver a high quality service. This guide is ideal for all local authority and independent fostering service social workers and managers who are involved with parent and child fostering, or who are considering offering this service. 

Deal of the Month:

Get ‘Parent and child fostering’ for £15 throughout May. Add the book to your basket and the discount will be visible at checkout.


Mandeep Sahejpal, Associate Trainer, CoramBAAF.

Mandeep works as an Independent Social Work consultant. She has extensive experience of working in Fostering, Adoption and Children and Families services. Her work experience includes working alongside foster carers and prospective adopters, from the pre-approval stage and through to assessment and post approval. She investigates complaints on behalf of local authorities and independent fostering agencies.

Mandeep also has experience chairing fostering and adoption panel’s, carrying out the role of agency decision maker. In addition, she chairs complex foster carer reviews and also supports agencies to prepare for inspections. Mandeep has also worked as a Quality Assurance and Safeguarding Manager for a fostering agency, which has involved developing and reviewing policies, procedures and practice guidance that underpins the work of the agency, and has supported agencies with the preparation of inspections She has delivered training, to social work students, staff, foster carers and adopters and is also a qualified practice educators supporting final year social work students in local authority placements.


Registration 9.50am*
Start  10.00am*  
Close  4.00pm* 

*Times subject to change


  • Full or associate CoramBAAF member - £158.00 + £31.60 VAT = £189.60
  • Individual CoramBAAF member - £120.00 + £24.00 VAT = £144.00
  • Non-member - £220.00 + £44.00 VAT = £264.00