Across the UK, at varying paces, lockdown restrictions are now easing. People from different households are able to meet outside while adhering to social distancing rules. This means that contact arrangements for children are beginning to be reviewed, including exploring resuming face-to-face contact which has, in the main, not been taking place during lockdown.
We have developed this support session for foster carers in Scotland who are members of The Fostering Network to think collaboratively about resuming face-to-face contact and to discuss the range of factors to consider when developing the most appropriate contact plan. In addition, we will discuss the learning points from contact arrangements during lockdown and opportunities to embrace new ways of working moving forward.
The Zoom session will include:
- A previously recorded presentation by Ruth Copson, Postgraduate Researcher, School of Social Work, University of East Anglia and co-author of contact during lockdown: how are children and their birth families keeping in touch?
- The introduction of The Fostering Network’s practice resources for foster carers and social workers to support the decisions being made around contact plans and highlighting issues to consider:
- Social Work Scotland’s Connections for Wellbeing and Contact framework
Opportunities to begin to think about what has been learnt from lockdown with the use of virtual methods to facilitate contact, and how face-to-face contact will resume, including sharing examples of good practice.
Places are limited.To book your free place email email@example.com and include:
- Contact telephone number
Confirmation of your place will be emailed upon receipt of booking. Joining instructions will be sent on Monday 6 July 2020.