We are pleased to announce that PCC’s fostering manager and social worker Al Coates was awarded a MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for services for children.
The award recognises the voluntary work that Al does supporting adoptive families and championing the needs of children who have experienced trauma, loss and separation. He also advises the Department for Education on adoption support and current adoption issues.
Over the last 12 months Al has been instrumental in raising awareness nationally of the issue of Child to Parent Violence and Aggression that impacts up to 5% of families with that rising to 30% for adoptive families. He’s had opportunities to speak at national conferences, to social work teams, civil servants, and the UK’s Chief Social Worker. It’s had an amazing response with hundreds of families coming forward to talk about their experiences for the rst time.
As well as working full time for PCC as the fostering manager and reviewing of cer Al is an active blogger at alcoates.co.uk, is the host of the Adoption
& Fostering Podcast and is regularly asked to speak on adoption related issues at conferences and seminars.
Talking to PCC, Al said, “It feels like a great honour to be recognised for some of my work but it is also humbling
as I work with and know many families that do just as amazing things for the children that they look after every day.”
We wish Al well and look forward to hear stories of his visit to receive his award from HRH the Queen in the summer.