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Free training for adoption social workers to support LGBT applicants

Series of conferences taking place across England

Although 1 in 10 adoptions in England were to same-sex couples in 2016, LGBT people still report incidents of discrimination while going through the approval process and when being matched with potential children. New Family Social will run a series of free training conferences later this year to improve how adoption agencies across the country work with LGBT people.

The conferences – starting in the South East in September – are supported by the Department for Education’s Practice & Improvement Fund as part of New Family Social’s Improving LGBT Adoption project. They will focus on the assessment, matching and ongoing support agencies in England offer to LGBT people going through the adoption process.

Helen Donohoe, Improving LGBT Adoption project manager, said: ‘It’s complacent to assume because we’ve seen record numbers of adoptions by same-sex couples that all the work has been done. LGBT people offer a wide skillset in terms of parenting. But they can be dissuaded by the expectation of discrimination or through social workers’ inappropriate practices or behaviours.’

Booking is now open to all adoption social workers working in England for the conferences taking place in Milton Keynes, Cullompton (Devon), Dudley, Leeds and Manchester. For more information visit

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