Understanding the importance of connecting and uniting children with their birth families

10/12/2021 15:30 - 16:30

When children or young people enter the care system, engaging with them in a relationship-based way is crucial to their life chances. In this context our role in reunification is pivotal. This session will showcase Essex County Council’s model for connecting and uniting work and share its experience and knowledge of reunification activity and the importance of family connections for children in care.

Delegates will:

  • Gain an understanding of Essex’s model, informed by the NSPCC and Family Rights Group, its impact and outcomes.
  • Understand how Essex County Council workers undertake connecting and uniting work.
  • Hear testimonies from families and foster carers.
  • Leave with ideas to apply in their own practice.

Amy Harries, social worker, DBIT, Essex County Council

Zoe Houchin, senior practitioner, DBIT, Essex County Council

Jessica Knight, social worker, DBIT, Essex County Council

Sian Tokeley, social worker, DBIT, Essex County Council

Calum Whiter, social worker, DBIT, Essex County Council