ADOPTION WEEK SCOTLAND 2018

AFA Scotland and Adoption UK have been successful in their joint bid to develop and deliver a programme of events for Adoption Week Scotland in 2018 and 2019.

The key theme of the 2018 week will be to hear the voice of children who have been adopted including, for example, what they tell us about staying in touch with their siblings.

Adoption Week Scotland 2018 will be held during the week commencing Saturday 17th November, concluding with a conference in Edinburgh on Friday 23rd November. More information will be circulated to all local authorities in due course.

Health Group Conference

On September 28, we will hold our annual Health Group Conference in Dundee:  

More than the sum of their parts.....responding to the complexity of our looked after and adopted children’.

Those attending will hear from a range of speakers addressing topics including the impact on children of adversity in utero and early childhood, through to the challenges children can face while growing up in foster care and adoptive families.

We are pleased to confirm that Tara Hewitt will be joining colleagues from Three Circles Fostering at this conference.  They will be addressing issues of gender identity, about which many professionals feel ill-equipped when required to advise and support looked after young people and their carers.

Tara has provided input and support to staff from over 20 different NHS organisations covering Mental Health, CAMHs, Forensic Services, Acute Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups in relation to supporting trans service users and staff.

She has previously been invited as a guest lecturer on LGBT+ issues to social work students at Liverpool John Moore's University and Nursing Students at University of Salford.

Outside of her time spent as a Leadership & Inclusion consultant, Tara has worked for over 8 years as an Equality & Diversity Professional within the NHS.  Tara specialises in bringing a creative edge to discussions around the complex topic of gender and health inequalities and helping professionals navigate solutions to challenges within an intersectional context, including young people in care.

For more information and to download a booking form please click on this link.

Legal Group Conference 2018

Following our legal group conference held in June on the topic of Adoption, Permanence Orders and Kinship Care – finding the best option for our children we are now delighted to be able to share with you some of the presentations from the speakers on the day. 

If you would like to view these, please visit our Learning Zone and select Video Zone.

NEW WORKSHOP - Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's)

We are delighted to announce that a further new workshop has been developed on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) which will be held on Monday 20 November, 2018 in Edinburgh.

ACE's have been widely discussed and interpreted in terms of meeting children's needs and also have relevance for adults reflecting on their histories; the approach however is not without controversy.

This workshop will aim to explore the relevance of ACE's in relation to the assessment of prospective adopters and foster carers.

If you would like further inforrmation or to download a booking form please click on this link

New Workshop - LIfe Story Work

AFA Scotland is delighted to be able to offer a new workshop on Life Story Work to be held on Tuesday 4 September, 2018. 

Originally this was being held in Glasgow but will now take place at the AFA Scotland Office, Leith, Edinburgh and we are delighted that Jennifer Bell has agreed to facilitate this alongside our Trainer/Consultant Jane Steele. 

The workshop will help busy practitioners think about what life story work means in their work setting and how best to go about it and would be suitable for social workers and social work assistants who have responsibility for undertaking lifestory work with fostered or adopted children.  Delegates will gain an understanding of:

  • what is involved in life story work;
  • how to overcome some of the barriers to carrying it out;
  • who else can help;
  • planning and preparation;
  • communicating with children;
  • practical advice on compiling a life story book.

If you would like more information or to download a booking form, please click on this link

Permanently Progressing? Building Secure futures for children in Scotland 1-day Conference

A ground-breaking study conducted by the Universities of Stirling, York and Lancaster, in collaboration with AFA Scotland will see its research team present its key findings at a 1-day conference on Wednesday 19 September 2018 at the Stirling Court Hotel. 

The team at University of Stirling is led by Dr Helen Whincup (PI) and includes Dr Margaret Grant (Research Fellow), Dr Alison Hennessy (Lecturer) and Jade Hooper (Research Assistant) working with Professor Nina Biehal (co-PI, University of York) and Dr Linda Cusworth (co-investigator, Lancaster University)

Phase One (2014-2018) investigated decision-making, permanence, progress, outcomes and belonging for a large cohort (1,836) of children in Scotland who became looked after in 2012-13, aged five or under. 

If you would like to book a place at this event or would like to see the programme for the day with details of contributors please click on this link

Adoption Support Project

We are delighted to be working with Adoption UK using funding provided by Scottish Government to investigate the critical issue of adoption support.  We will be approaching practitioners and adopters in order to consider the core issues, including:

  • mapping current provision and variations in adoption support services across Scotland and identification of barriers to access, eg, financial, geograhical, awareness;
  • highlighting areas of good practice for replication or promising practice for further development;
  • developing a map of adoption support services to be available as a resource for professionals and adoptive families.

The project is being led by Maggie Grant and Ariane Critchley, AFS Scotland's new Research Assistant with the involvement of Scottish Adoption and Napier University.

AFA Scotland is registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) - SC046417