Child and Family Training

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CFT is a multi-disciplinary international not-for-profit publishing and training organisation working to promote evidence-based assessments and interventions with children and families. CFT works with projects and organisations in Australia, Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

CFT publishes evidence-based practitioner guides on assessment, analysis, planning and delivering interventions and evaluating outcomes for professionals (qualified and unqualified) working with children and young people and their families deliver training.

CFT’s Hope for Children and Families modular intervention programme, is based on gold standard research and practice experience of what works in intervention with children and families. The programme consists of a set of guides, each containing a step by step approach to intervention and a range of materials including work sheets for use in direct work with children and families. The resources are intended to empower practitioners, children, young people and their families when working together.

CFT was founded by Dr Arnon Bentovim, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist and Liza Bingley Miller, social worker and family therapist who worked together at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London. Fellow director and current chair of CFT is Stephen Pizzey, social worker, who was formerly the Head of the Social Work Department at the hospital.

The COMPASS Jobs Fair, Birmingham - 16 March 2020

Child and Family Training will be exhibiting at the COMPASS Jobs Fair, Birmingham this year. As well as our exhibition stand, we will be running two seminars as part of the Social Work Innovations conference.

Seminar one

Tracey Stephens, Independent Social Worker, Child and Family Training, will present a seminar entitled: Assessing Families in Complex Child Care Cases using the Family Assessment

This seminar will outline the Family Assessment approach to working with children and families.

The Family Assessment is an evidence-based approach to assessing family life and relationships. It assists practitioners with assessments of more complex families to plan support and other interventions including assessing changes over time, reunification work, therapeutic work, permanency planning, court proceedings and other decision-making forums.

It features a systematic approach to assessing family life and relationships, including:

- family dynamics
- family adaptability
- parenting
- how family members communicate, handle feelings, relate to each other and approach crucial issues of identity
- the impact of family history

The seminar will provide an overview of the intervention approach and the resources.  There will be a brief demonstration of the approach and materials applied to a case example and the Introductory Guide will be made available to workshop attendees.

Seminar two

Stephen Pizzey, consultant social worker and chair of Child and Family Training will present a seminar entitled Safeguarding Children: A framework for assessment and analysis

The Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework (SAAF) is a systematic, evidence-based model and a range of methods for assessing and analysing in the safeguarding context. Find out how a model of assessment, analysis and intervention can benefit your practice:

- In complex cases, where there are concerns about whether a child in need should be the subject of a section 47 enquiry
- Where there has been a section 47 enquiry and decisions are being made about what action to take
- When considering whether a child should be made subject of, or remain the subject of a child protection plan
- In applications by a local authority for a care or supervision order
- In private law cases where there are concerns the child might be suffering significant harm (section 8 of the Children Act 1989)

Join Stephen to ask any questions about the model and its evidence base and take a fresh look at safeguarding assessments and analysis.

Come and speak to us on stand 38 on the 16 March at the COMPASS Jobs Fair, Birmingham, to hear more about what we do and what we can offer.

These are great tools to use in any stage of social work intervention as it uses a strengths-based approach to enable families to identify their resilience factors.
The Hope for Children and Families) Intervention guides for practitioners: extremely helpful, including handouts which I can use as part of my assessment process

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