Letterbox Contact: negotiating long-term solutions


11 September 2007
Registration and breakfast from 8.45 am

Conference begins at 9.15am and concludes at 4.30pm


Leeds Metropolitan University
Leslie Silver Building, Lecture Theatre B3
Civic Quarter Campus, Calverley Street
Leeds LS1 3HE

How to find the venue

Click here for map and car parking information


Letterbox contact
One-day conference plus workshops

Research indicates that letterbox contact is often viewed as a plea-bargained outcome for disputed contact matters in adoption. Increasingly, contact is anticipated in planned adoption placements. This conference aims to explore the complexity of letterbox contact, viewing it as an outcome in its own right. New research findings will be presented within the context of the current legal and social work policy and practice.

Letterbox contact is often viewed as the ‘least detrimental’ way forward. Letterbox contact is complex – can it meet the needs of all parties? What are the long-term implications? These issues will be explored by a range of speakers and workshop opportunities to explore the dilemmas raised over long periods of time.

This conference will offer detailed analysis of current knowledge of establishing and managing letterbox contact. There will be an expectation that the attendee will have experience in family courts.

From attending this conference, delegates should have a full appreciation of the complexity of letterbox contact and the potential need for an ongoing involvement.

* Solicitors and Social Workers can gain CPD hours for attending this conference. Solicitors should quote DFZ/PAFC, to claim CPD credit for attendance of this course.CPD Credit: 6 hours

Keynote speakers

  • Edwina Brocklesby PhD BSc (Econ), CQSW – Director, Parents for Children
  • Jenny Jackson – Support After Adoption, Nottinghamshire Post Adoption Team
  • Sue Kelly – Service Manager, After Adoption
  • Mary Lane BA Hons (Psychology), Master in Social Work, CQSW, LLB – Solicitor in Private Practice & Chair of BAAF Legal Advisory Group Committee
  • Julie Selwyn – Director of the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies at the University of Bristol


£100 (registration before 28 August 2007)

£110 (registration after 28 August 2007)

£45 for families and carers

* 10% discount available for bookings of groups of 3 or more from the same organisation

How to register

Register online here or download an application form here to complete and send to [email protected] or mail to Charlotte Lindsell, Parents for Children, 3 Angel Gate, 326 City road, London EC1V 2PT

For more information

Please call Charlotte Lindsell on 020 7520 2880 or email [email protected]

The full conference programme

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