Training and Consultancy

Talawa is committed to promoting excellence in practice and we offer a wide range of training and consultancy services.


Our work is carried out by experienced professionals who have worked in the sector for many years.

Local Authorities, Voluntary Organisations and Independent Agencies

Advising on anti-discriminatory policy and practice initiatives

• Service reviews

• Case reviews and inquiries

• Allegation/complaints investigations

• Individual case consultancy

• Continuing professional development – mentoring

• Disruption meetings

Foster Carers and Adoptive Parents

• Assessments

• Court reports

• Expert witness testimony

• Facilitating preparation groups

• Independent support to foster carers and adoptive parents

• Meeting the holistic needs of children and young people in

transracial placements

• Post placement support

• Chairing disruption meetings

• Training with birth parents and other relatives

• Independent support to birth families

• Assessment and support of relative carers

​Our work requires us to keep abreast of changes and developments in policy, practice and legislation.  As our training is tailor made to suit the requirements of specific agencies, we would incorporate the policies of these agencies into the training programme.  ​

We are committed to working within an anti-discriminatory framework and work in a child focussed way and accept the Macpherson definition of institutional racism.


Training Courses

We have trained in a wide variety of settings.  The participants have included health workers, social workers, foster carers, adoptive parents and children and young people.

We are experienced in the following areas:

• Adoption permanence and fostering panel training

• Anti-racist practice

• Assessment of foster carers, kinship carers and adopters

• Assessment – Using a Competency Based Approach

• Attachment, separation and loss

• Attachment and Race

• Caring for black children (individual courses for social workers and foster carers)

• Caring for children who have been sexually abused

• Complaints & Allegations

• Contact

• Managing behaviour

• Managing Diversity

• Moving children on into permanency

• Permanency Planning for Children & Young People

• Record Keeping

• Resilience – nurturing resilience in looked after children

• Safe Caring

• Sibling relationships

• Supervising Foster Placements

• Team Building

• The role of the supervising social worker in family placements

• Working with birth families

Children and Young People

• Resilience work for children

• Mentoring services for young women

• Meeting children’s holistic needs in transracial placements