AFA Scotland hosts 2 Consortia (in the West & North East) funded by a separate membership fee, providing a local forum for members to hear about and share latest developments in policy, legislation, practice and research.
The purpose of the consortia is to help agencies to support the staff who are directly involved in adoption and fostering work. While AFA’s national forums allow a representative from each agency (normally a manager) to participate in Scotland wide meetings, the Consortia are focused on providing advice, guidance, support and training opportunities to the much greater number of staff who are directly involved in the provision of services. Because it is a relatively specialist area of work, it is often particularly difficult for agencies to give social workers and others involved in progressing adoption and permanence plans, access to the full range of knowledge required and the opportunities to develop their skills.
The current fees for consortia membership is £3,250.00 + VAT.
Quotes from current consortia members on the value of Consortia
“The opportunity to meet with other professionals involved in family placement work, to share experiences, ideas and research is very helpful. It is also useful in terms of developing the knowledge base of workers and managers new to family placement work- I found the WOSC very useful when I started as a team manager in fostering and adoption with no prior experience of working in that field.”
“I have attended one Pan Scotland meeting which was great to attend! all consortia meetings are a great opportunity to have practise discussions which the F and A sub group cannot achieve.”
“Not attended but managers do and report it is very helpful for local issues and networking.”
“I see this link as a fundamental life line for practitioners, both in sharing good practice/practice challenges. There is very little practice experience within our SMT and without the link I feel we would be quite directionless and insular. The practice wisdom and legal input offered by AFA is very valuable, as well as AFA being the vehicle to gel LA's meeting together. Each consortia needs to have enough LA representation to make the consortia worthwhile.”