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Siblings – Together or Apart?

If you’re a social worker responsible for placing sibling groups, you’ll know that strong feelings exist around the question of sibling separation.

The assumption that keeping siblings together will protect them may not hold when more than one child in a family group has experienced complex trauma and attachment difficulties. Without a clear framework for decision-making, social workers may understandably lack the confidence to argue for joint or separate placement.

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Standard Professional, Associate Professional

Course objectives

This course will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to decide what is best for the children you are placing, and to put forward a clear case when going to court.

What skills will you take away?

  • You’ll have an overview of the research which has informed decision-making to date
  • You’ll understand the pros and cons for placing children together and why this may not always be the right way forward for every child
  • You’ll be equipped with a multidimensional framework for assessment to help guide you when making the crucial decision of whether to place siblings together or apart
  • You’ll gain practical experience in applying the framework to complex cases so you can confidently work with your own clients

Who should attend?

Social workers in Looked After children, fostering and adoption teams, as well as adoption and fostering team managers; clinical psychologists, paediatric occupational therapists, therapists, solicitors, panel members, adoption support agency service providers, psychiatrists, paediatricians and teachers


Sue Hughes, Social Worker, Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, Senior Practitioner, Family Futures

Sue worked as a social worker with children and families for 18 years before retraining and qualifying in child psychotherapy 10 years ago, focusing on children in foster care and adoptive families. She then joined the team at Family Futures, where she helps families make sense of early trauma and attachment relationships.

Dr. Juspreet Dhanoa, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Family Futures


Family Futures CIC
3 & 4 Floral Place
7 - 9 Northampton Grove
London N1 2PL

Course times: 10am - 4pm


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