AFA Scotland was delighted to launch a new good practice guide at the end of last year which was the culmination of 18 months' work by the project group which has been investigating the use of video clips in family finding.

The guidance is designed to help social workers and foster carers who are most likely to make the videos, but also to address the concerns of others within organisations who have questions about the technical and legal issues involved.  Hard copies of the guide have been circulated to all agencies.  A PDF version can befound in our Learning Zone / Downloads area and can also be downloaded here.


We are delighted to announce that we are launching a new course in permanence planning in kinship care. The 'Relative Matters' course will run from June-December 2019. 

This unique course is aimed at social workers and managers in children and families’ teams, family placement teams as well as other specialist settings across the statutory, voluntary and independent sector. Applicants will require the support of their employer to attend as well as validate their work. It is imperative that sponsoring agencies ensure their nominated students have the motivation, capacity and commitment to complete the course.

The course will be delivered alongside the validation process from Strathclyde University at MSc Level 11 and once validated will attract an award of 60 credits (postgraduate certificate) which can be taken forward to further study. Agencies will need to be confident that their nominated student can study at master’s level.

We are expecting a high number of applications for this course and a waiting list may have to come into operation. If you are aware of interest in the course within your agency please contact us as soon as possible.


To download the flyer, please click here 

To download the application form, please click here


We are delighted that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will attend our conference on Monday 19 November to mark the start of Adoption Week Scotland.    The week is supported by the Scottish Government.  To mark the Year of Young People 2018, the conference, Adopted Voices is giving a group of adopted young people the opportunity to have their views and experiences heard by parents, professionals and policy makers.

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Adoption Week Scotland Roundup

AFA Scotland and Adoption UK Scotland were again responsible for organising Adoption Week Scotland running from Monday 19th to Saturday 24th November, and were delighted with the success of the programme. The attendance of the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, at the opening conference gave a really positive message about the Scottish Government’s recognition of the importance of adoption and helped ensure a high level of interest throughout the week. Linking to the fact that 2018 was designated the Year of Young People, the theme for the week was hearing the voice of adopted young people. A group, supported by Scottish Adoption and St Andrew’s Children’s Society, set up the Adopted Voices project and have worked together for 18 months talking about their own experiences and working out how to have their views and ideas heard by parents, professionals and policy makers. Their production of a superb video, organisation of the conference programme and powerful presentations on the day proved to be an excellent way of highlighting both the positives and the challenges of adoption and the clear implications for the way practice and policy should develop.

Two family events and four information events were held in different parts of the country during the course of the week with Maree Todd, the Minister for Children and Young people attending the last of these in Musselburgh.

It was particularly encouraging to see the amount of activity organised by other agencies to coincide with the week’s main events. AFA Scotland and Adoption UK will be running Adoption Week Scotland again next year, so while memories of this year’s programme are still fresh in the mind please do get in touch to share your ideas about how we can ensure the week has the maximum impact right across the country.


East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership wishes to appoint an Independent Chair, Adoption and Fostering Panel to provide leadership, direction and co-ordination of the Adoption and Fostering Panel (meeting monthly to cover both remits). The Panels consider: children’s permanency plans and matching of permanent placements; registration of adoption and fostering applications; foster carer reviews and deregistration.

The main duties include:

  • Independent Chairing of the Adoption and Fostering Panel which meets one day per month.
  • Preparing for and Chairing Monthly Business Meetings and the Annual Panel Development Day;
  • Ensuring all Panel Business is in accordance with legislation, regulations and local procedures;
  • Involvement in recruitment and appraisal of Panel Members.
  • Identifying service development areas and reporting to the Agency Decision Maker

For more information on this opportunity, please contact Angie Gillies, Team Manager, Care Planning and Placement Team, on 07917642707

A full CV and Personal Statement addressing the main duties of the post should be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 23 November 2018.

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