We are proud to announce a new rolling programme of workshops for adopters and approved adopters and those in stage 2.
As part of our DfE Grant we have been funded to provide additional training to adopters to help add to their skills in supporting the children placed with them.
Our first 4 workshops ready to roll! All workshops are for half a day and in a variety of locations across the South West – and free to adopters and prospective adopters – we only ask for a small voluntary donation on the day towards refreshments and room costs.
If you are interested in booking yourself onto any of the workshops – please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01364 645480
Many of the children placed for adoption have come from difficult backgrounds where violence between their parents was a regular and terrifying experience. This workshop is designed to explain the impact of witnessing domestic violence from the child’s perspective and the long term impact on their development and behaviour. If you have adopted a child where this was a feature in their background (often downplayed by professionals it must be said) then taking some time to think about how this may have affected your child might be time well spent. If you are a prospective adopter and just considering a variety of backgrounds of children you may wish to adopt, having additional information on the impact of Domestic Violence will support you in your decision making.
Children who have had a traumatic start to their lives find change extremely difficult to manage. This is never more acute than in the school environment where there is constant change on a daily basis. This workshop looks a range of transition experiences that are tricky for adopted children to manage, from school holidays, to new classroom teacher, to leaving parents at the start of each day – all can create complex and exhausting situations for children that parents and school like find difficult. The workshop aims to ensure that you are aware of strategies that can help alleviate some of the stresses, as well as examples of good practice to share with schools if there are problems. If you are a prospective adopter, knowing up front about some of the areas of difficulty will help you ultimately chose an educational environment for your child that will enhance their experience rather than cause more difficulties. NB if your child is attending a school who themselves would like some in-school training on this issue please let the facilitators know as we are happy to go into staff teams and run something specific for them.
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – still relatively little is known about this range of disorders that come about as a result of a birth mother using alcohol in pregnancy. However more and more children are being diagnosed with this condition, or related conditions, and this workshop is designed to advise on the current understanding of the impact of alcohol on the developing child and what the long term issues are. It is a fascinating area of research that has thrown up some startling information – and this workshop is aimed at supporting adopters and prospective adopters to understand the long term implications for the children that may be placed with them where alcohol was evident in their birth history.
Child sexual abuse is still a great taboo in our culture, even though the understanding of the impact, and it’s prevalence in the media has brought it much more into the public consciousness over the last few years. Children who have been sexually abused in early childhood, or where this is suspected, are often difficult to find adoptive placements for as people are fearful often of what they might be dealing with. The truth is, we don’t always know when a child has been sexually abused, and they can disclose later even if this wasn’t known about at the time of placement. So having knowledge about Sexual Abuse is very important – even though a very difficult subject. If you are an adopter of a child where sexual abuse has been part of their history, or if you are prospective adopter wondering if you yourself would feel comfortable adopting a child who has experienced sexual abuse then this workshop is designed to discuss this area sensitively and compassionately with advise on how as adopters to understand and manage any difficult behaviours and feelings.
Coming Soon – by the end of 2017 we will be hoping to add to our repertoire of workshops with 2 new learning opportunities currently being developed Lifestory Work and Non-Violent Resistance. We will let you all know asap when these are available and open to bookings.
Dates for Workshops
|28th July 2017||FASD||Dorset, Puddletown Village Hall|
|11th September 2017||SEXUAL ABUSE||Buckfast Office|
|14th September 2017||TRANSITIONS||Buckfast Office|
|5th October 2017||TRANSITIONS||Somerset (venue tbc)|
|25th October 2017||DOMESTIC VIOLENCE||North Devon Filleigh|
|24th November 2017||DOMESTIC VIOLENCE||Dorset Puddletown Village Hall|
|27th November 2017||TRANSITIONS||Cornwall (venue tbc)|
|13th December 2017||SEXUAL ABUSE||Buckfast Office Base|
|19th January 2018||FASD||North Devon Filleigh|
|24th January 2018||SEXUAL ABUSE||Somerset (venue tbc)|
|16th February 2018||TRANSITIONS||Dorset Puddletown Village Hall|
|19th February 2018||FASD||Cornwall (venue tbc)|
|6th March 2018||DOMESTIC VIOLENCE||Buckfast Office Base|
|13th April 2018||TRANSITIONS||North Devon Filleigh|
|18th April 2018||FASD||Somerset (venue tbc)|
|14th May 2018||DOMESTIC VIOLENCE||Cornwall (venue tbc)|
|16th May 2018||SEXUAL ABUSE||Dorset Puddletown Village Hall|
|14th June 2018||FASD||Buckfast Office Base|
|6th July 2018||SEXUAL ABUSE||North Devon Filleigh|
|10th July 2018||TRANSITIONS||Somerset (Venue tbc)|
|12th September 2018||FASD||Dorset Puddletown Village Hall|
|24th September 2018||SEXUAL ABUSE||Cornwall (venue tbc)|