An investigation of special guardianship: Findings from research. Keynote

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Organised by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering. The conference will provide an important opportunity to bring together practitioners, researchers and other interested parties to explore how Special Guardianship has evolved into a significant option for permanence, albeit not without its challenges. The conference will develop the findings from the research and give an opportunity to share important insights into best practice. Chair Samantha Smethers, Chief Executive, Grandparents Plus Speakers Jim Wade, Senior Research Fellow, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York Alexandra Conroy Harris, Legal Consultant, BAAF Kelli Eboji, Kinship Team Manager and Gill Kilbane, Adoption & Post Permanency Team Manager, London Borough of Brent Karen Mckevitt, Special Guardianship Consultant, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Sharrone Rogers, SpecialGuardianship – Post Support, Hertfordshire County Council The voices of Special Guardians Aims This conference will explore and identify: the latest messages from the University of York research study on how special guardianship is working 8 years after its introduction the role of special guardianship in achieving permanence for children and young people the impact of court judgements on the provision of special guardianship support the development of services to support special guardians and their children the experience of being a special guardian – the rewards and the challenges Fees Full or associate BAAF member: Standard rate £185 + £37 VAT total: £222.00 Individual BAAF member or student: Standard rate £135 + £27 VAT total: £162.00 Non member: £250 + £50 VAT total: £300.00
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2014
EventSpecial guardianship: How is it working for children and their special guardians? - Woburn House Conference Centre, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Nov 201428 Nov 2014


ConferenceSpecial guardianship: How is it working for children and their special guardians?
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • special guardianship orders
  • looked after children

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