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Stemming the tide of infants entering care

This workshop is for: Academic partners, commissioners, managers, and professionals working with children and families.

Evaluations of innovations in this area, such as ‘Pause’ (all-UK), Calderdale’s ‘Positive Choices’ and Manchester’s ‘Thriving Babies’ suggest that these can have a very positive impact on the likelihood of babies remaining safely with birth parents. However, CAFCASS and other UK data confirms that a large proportion of infants including new-born babies continue to be subject of care proceedings and are entering care under the age of 1 year. This is clearly still an area of significant challenge for local authorities and partner agencies working with very vulnerable parents.

This workshop will include a short presentation and facilitated discussion hosted by Katy Burch from the Institute of Public Care and Clare Laxton from Pause. It will explore:

  • What is the current demand for care for infants in different parts of the UK?
  • What are the likely factors affecting this demand?
  • Which parents and children may be at particular risk?
  • What is known about how best to support families, including first time parents and those who already have at least one child removed from their care, to enable their child(ren) to remain safely at home?
  • What are the future solutions?

The workshop is available free and with priority booking to Academic Partnership members. Please complete the booking form to secure your place and/or forward to colleagues who you think may also be interested.