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Date(s) - 25/05/2017
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Voluntary Action Islington


aleksandra-mazurJune Thoburn will summarise the 1989-Act debates and the post-Act research on the use of Section 20, and on reunification of children from care or accommodation. She will briefly explore the relevance of the 2015 Guidance on Permanence (long-term foster care and return to parents)

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A key theme of the day will be examining effective ways of involving the adults who are important to the child in the review process -specifically birth parents, relatives and foster carers.

In the light of current debates, we shall explore the appropriate use of Section 20 as a short and longer term legal status that contributes to family connectedness for children across the age groups.

Jon Fayle will focus on the practice of IROs in involving foster carers in the review process, looking at their role with respect to different permanence plans.

Using case vignettes drawn from actual cases, small group discussions will focus on specific issues that can arise for IROs.

Professor June Thoburn qualified as a Social Worker in 1963 and worked in local authority child and family social work and generic practice in England and Canada before taking up a joint appointment (with Norfolk County Council) at UEA in 1979.  As founding Director of the Centre for Research on the Child and Family and of the Making Research Count collaboration, she has a particular interest in finding innovative ways of helping social workers to make appropriate use of knowledge from a range of sources in their practice, a recent major interest is in international child welfare. She is currently a special advisor to CAFCASS and Chair of the Norfolk Family Justice Board.  She was awarded the CBE ‘for services to social work’ in 2002.

Jon Fayle has been a social worker or social work manager for most of his working life. He has also been a policy officer for the Youth Justice Board.
Jon is a practising Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO). He helped to set up the National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers (NAIRO), with a view to enhancing the influence of the reviewing process for the benefit of children in care. He is Vice Chair of NAIRO.
Jon works as a trainer in the area of IRO practice and policy.
Jon is Chair of the Board of Trustees of TACT, the fostering and adoption charity.
He also works as a consultant in the fields of youth justice and children’s services. He has a background which straddles both areas, at a practice, policy and senior management level.

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