The Transition from State/NGO care to independence: What’s International Best Practice?

Dr Nicola Atwool

Social Service Providers Aotearoa are hosting a seminar with Dr Nicola Atwool, who will be speaking about the transition of children from care to independence.
Dr Nicola Atwool is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at University of Otago. She is qualified in social work and child psychotherapy. She spent nearly 20 years working for Child Youth and Family, and has also been appointed as Principal Advisor in the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.
Being in academic position with extensive practitioner experience, she’s committed to bridge the worlds of academia, policy and practice through her research. Nicola is particularly interested in children in care, and her research interest is in attachment theory and resilience. In 2008, she completed a PhD exploring the use of attachment assessments in decision-making for children in care.
In this seminar, she addresses children in the care of the NGO sector and tells us what is known about poor outcomes for young people leaving care, what makes a difference, and where we are in New Zealand. Participants will be given enough time to discuss the situation in their locality. The seminar will be summarised in relation to the implications of the White Paper for service delivery to young people transitioning from care.


Christchurch – Wednesday 13 March, 13:00 – 16:00 St Albans Baptist Church, 64 McFaddens Rd, St Albans
Auckland – Thursday 14 March, 9:30 – 12:30 Manukau Institute of Technology, Manuhiri room, Gate14 Alexander Cres, Otara
Palmerston North – Friday 15 March, 9:30 – 12:30 Catholic Diocese Centre, 33 Amesbury st
Invercargill – Wednesday 20 March, 10:00 – 13:00 Family Works, Training room, 183 Spey Street
Dunedin – Thursday 21 March, 12:30 – 15:30 Dunedin Community Link, Waipori room, Corner of Castle and St Andrews Streets


Free for SSPA members and foster parents/ caregivers.$10 at door for non-SSPA members.
Click here for more information and to register online.

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