Conferences & Training

Parents for Children are acknowledged experts in the field of adoption and foster care and the special needs of children with profound emotional, learning or physical disabilities. We run a programme of conferences, seminars and workshops which give the opportunity to learn from and question highly respected speakers in our field.

Our conferences cover many different subjects within the field of adoption and foster care and are valuable for:

  • Social Workers
  • Children's' Guardians
  • Solicitors
  • Barristers
  • Adoption Support Agency Workers
  • Foster and Adoptive Carers
  • Family Placement Workers (fostering & adoption)
  • Education Professionals
  • Health Visitors
  • Play Therapists
  • Medical Advisers
  • Policy Makers
We encourage carers and families to attend our conferences and offer a discount rate for them at most events.

Continuous Professional Development

Registered social workers are required to undertake Continuous Professional Development (CPD) by the General Social Care Council (GSCC). Delegates can gain CPD points from attending our courses and conferences and we also provide certificates of attendence following each event.

Parents for Children are accredited through the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority (SRA), formerly the Law Society, allowing solicitors to gain CPD hours for attendance at our courses and conferences.

For further details, please see our full calendar of conferences. You can also download a complete conference calendar here.


We run a regular programme of training courses for carers and adoptive parents. In addition to general topics on caring for children, we offer specialist training which helps our carers to understand and meet the specific needs of disabled children. We work with experts in this field – our current training programme has been designed in conjunction with The National Autistic Society.

We are always happy to hear feedback about our conferences and training courses and to receive your suggestions for topics to be covered at future Parents for Children events. If you would like to send us your feedback or suggestions, please email it to [email protected].