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The Presence of the Absent Child

British Infertility Counselling Association
Resource Centre, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA
3 March 2017 - 9.30am-4.30pm

A workshop on the welfare of the child organised by the British Infertility Counselling Association.

Safeguarding is an issue for every counsellor and being aware of risk of harm is implicit in our work with clients. Fertility counsellors are in a unique position of having to take into account the welfare of the potential child - the one that might be born following assisted conception. What is your concept of a child's welfare? There is a range of ways in which 'welfare of the child' is managed in clinics and differing expectations of counsellors, but the requirement has implications for us ethically, professionally and for our relationship with clients. Working ethically means that the absent child is always present in the therapeutic space.

We will aim to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the legal requirement

  • Explore different approaches to complying with the regulations

  • Learn more about managing the best interests of children and families

  • Consider the impact on clients

  • Explore our own experiences and feelings when faced with welfare of the child issues

Speakers include:

  • Yuba Bessaoud (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)

  • Natalie Wyatt (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service)

Attendance fees range from £105 to £115. To register, complete this online form or contact Janet Owen at