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Understanding Gender Diversity in Assessing Prospective Adopters

26 September, 2024 at 9:30am - 4:00pm


Expert-led training delivered by Tor Docherty, the CEO of New Family Social

6.5 hrs
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Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers, designated teachers, and other professionals working with children and families.


During this bespoke training session, we will unlock a deeper understanding of gender diversity in adoption. This comprehensive training covers essential topics, including sex, gender, and various gender identities, providing a solid foundation for adoption practitioners. We will learn the basics of trans history and gain insights into the legal landscape surrounding gender diversity.

We will explore the latest research and apply the findings on the day-to-day experiences of gender diverse individuals, discovering the unique strengths they bring to the world of adoption and fostering. We will hear firsthand from gender diverse adopters, foster carers, and the social workers who assessed them, offering valuable perspectives that enrich your knowledge and practice.

You will be also equipped with the knowledge to support young people who are gender diverse, and access resources for ongoing support. We will learn how to seamlessly apply your newfound understanding to your role, creating an inclusive environment for all individuals involved in adoption and fostering.

This is a great opportunity to enhance your expertise, foster inclusivity, and contribute to a more supportive adoption and fostering community.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand sex, gender and various gender identities. ​
  • Know basic Trans history​
  • Understand the law​
  • Be aware of current research about the lived day-to-day experiences of gender diverse people ​
  • Understand the specific strengths that gender diverse people bring to adoption and fostering​
  • Hear from gender diverse adopters and foster carers and the social workers that assessed them​
  • Have a basic understanding of how to support young people that are gender diverse and where to find more support​
  • Know how to apply their learning to their role
  • Understand benefits of New Family Social membership and how they, and their gender diverse adopters and foster carers, can use New Family Social

About the trainer

Tor Docherty

Tor has over 20 years’ experience working in charities as a Chief Executive, and at a senior level, in diversity, equality and inclusion. She has extensive experience in strategic development, project management, fundraising, operational management, staff management, crisis management, finance, governance and policy work at local, regional and national level. Her interests are in diversity, equality and inclusion includes expertise in LGBTQ+ issues, disability, Deafness and neurodiversity. She has a law degree, a diploma in fundraising and a level six qualification in British Sign Language (BSL).


A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack. If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

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