Adoption Week Scotland: 18th - 23rd November 2019

Adoption Week Scotland gives us an opportunity to raise the profile of adoption in Scotland.  It is a chance to inform the wider community about the process of adoption, the need to find families for children who are waiting, to share the experiences of children and families who are living their own personal adoption journeys, and to celebrate. 

Adoption Week Scotland 2019 will focus on sharing stories. We have workshops for adopted young people developing poetry and short stories with Scot’s Makar, Jackie Kay, who has written about her own adoption journey, we have the Adoption Journey book which illustrates the journey of adoptive parents and then for practitioners we have a networking and practice exchange event where for professionals and agencies can share their own stories of adoption support provision.    

AFA Scotland and Adoption UK Scotland are once again organising this and detailed below are some of the events that have been scheduled.  Further details can be found here together with a link to a DVD featuring information about the work of AFA Scotland, Adoption UK Scotland and Scotland's Adoption Register and how these agencies can support you throughout the adoption process.    https://vimeo.com/354177234  Password - adoptionweek     A resource pack containing the DVD, factsheets, posters and leaflets have been distributed to all local authorities in Scotland.   

Family Events:  Saturday 16th - Edinburgh & Saturday 23rd - Glasgow

Facilitated family events organised by Adoption UK Scotland.

Parliamentary Event:  Tuesday 19th - Edinburgh

An event to highlight new and current practice initiatives in adoption in Scotland today hosted by Rona Mackay, MSP with a keynote speech from Maree Todd, Minister for Children and Young People.

Practice Exchange Event:  Wednesday 20th - Glasgow

This is being held In collaboration with CELCIS.  Each agency will receive two places at this informative event "What does best adoption support look like for everyone involved?

Storytelling Event:  Thursday 21st - Edinburgh

This event will feature writing by people telling their own adoption stories and will also feature Scot's Makar, Jackie Kay who has also written about her own adoption journey.  This will be by invitation only with representation from across the sector.

 

RECRUITMENT OF TRAINER CONSULTANT

AFA Scotland is currently recruiting for a trainer consultant.    This is an exciting opportunity for a person with extensive skills and experience working in the field of adoption and fostering to use their expertise to make a real contribution to improving outcomes for looked after children across Scotland.  The successful candidate will join a highly experienced multi-disciplinary team and will be involved in providing advice, training and support to practitioners and agencies across the country as well as contributing to the wider development of policy and good practice.

Applications should be submitted using the application form attached (please click here) no later than Friday 27 September 2019 to:  Brenda Reilly, Business Support & Finance Manager, Foxglove Offices, 14 Links Place, Edinburgh EH6 7EZ.  Tel:  0131 322 8409

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Further details available to download:

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The Child’s Participation in Court Proceedings Document Added to Downloads section

The document we have added  provides the text of a presentation by the Rt Hon Lord Carloway, Lord President of the Court of Session, to AFA Scotland’s legal conference on 14 June 2019. Speaking to the title The Child’s Participation in Court Proceedings’ Lord Carloway outlined exciting plans to improve the way that children are asked to share their views so that they do not end up being further harmed by participation in the very systems designed to protect them.

Link to our resources Downloads here.

Permanently Progressing: Building secure futures for children in Scotland

After almost five years of detailed research and analysis the reports of the Permanently Progressing study (phase one) were published on 20 June 2019. The study investigated decision making, permanence, progress, outcomes and belonging for a large cohort (1,836 children) of all children in Scotland who became looked after in 2012-13, when they were aged five or under. Using national data from the Children Looked After Statistics (CLAS) we analysed children’s progress over four years (2012-2016). The study is the first to compare pathways and outcomes for such a large cohort of young children in Scotland. It is designed to be the first phase in a longitudinal study tracking children’s progress into adolescence and beyond.

Phase One of the study has five strands, with a report and summary for each strand. Each of the summary documents begins with a list of key messages and concludes with implications for policy and practice. Sitting alongside the five summaries, is an additional information sheet for children (including an audio version) explaining the purpose and outcomes of the study.

The five reports are:

  1. Pathways to Permanence for children who become looked after in Scotland (Pathways strand): This analysed the CLAS data for 1,836 children over four years. The report presents detailed information on their routes to permanence and the timescales.
  2. Linking two administrative data sets about looked after children: Testing feasibility and enhancing understanding (Linkage strand): Data on children is collected by the Scottish Government (CLAS data) and by Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration (SCRA). For the first time this study linked CLAS and SCRA data on 1,000 children. The report describes the process and the findings.
  3. Children looked after away from home aged five and under in Scotland: experiences, pathways and outcomes (Outcomes strand): This presents findings from detailed questionnaires (433 social workers and 166 carers) alongside the CLAS data. The report provide valuable information about the circumstances of children and their families before they were accommodated, their pathways, current status and current wellbeing.
  4. Decision making for children (Decision making strand): 160 decision makers across Scotland (including social workers, members of Children’s Hearings and Reporters to the Children’s Hearing) were interviewed about their perspectives on decision making.
  5. Perspectives on kinship care, foster care and adoption: the voices of children, carers and adoptive parents (Children and Carers strand): 20 carers and adoptive parents were interviewed, and 10 children aged 3-9 years participated in ‘play and talk’ about their experiences.

https://www.stir.ac.uk/about/faculties-and-services/social-sciences/our-research/research-areas/centre-for-child-wellbeing-and-protection/research/permanently-progressing/

To read the press release click here

We have created a specialised page for the permanently progressing content under our resources section and this can be seen by clicking here: Permanently Progressing

Mapping Adoption Support in Scotland

We have now added our Mapping Support In Scotland Parts 1 and 2 in the downloads section of our site.

Part 1: Initial findings from survey analysis  can be viewed and downloaded by clicking the image below.

   Part 1

Part 2: A guide to support services across Scotland can be viewed and downloaded by clicking the image below.

 Part 2

 

FOSTERING FORTNIGHT

To coincide with Fostering Fortnight, Maree Todd, Minister for  Children and Young People, wrote a letter to foster carers in Scotland. As well as reiterating the Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting carers and encouraging more people to consider becoming foster carers, the letter provides a helpful summary of action the government is currently taking to develop services and improve the experience of children who are living with foster carers.  To read,, please click here

Relative Matters’: Good Practice in Permanence Planning in Kinship Care

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.

The introductory session for students and their managers will be on the 3rd June 2019. The course requires attendance at three taught modules of three consecutive days per module between June 2019 and October 2019. Assessment will be based on assignments as well as a ‘training for trainers’ assessment. Comprehensive feedback is available to students. A student handbook will provide all the required information.

Module One:              The Kinship Care Context in Scotland

Focuses on historical and international perspectives as well as the child protection context. All relevant legal and policy areas will be considered alongside the ethical considerations in this area of practice. This module explores how outcomes in kinship care can be assessed.

Module Two:              The Child in Kinship Care

Covers the meaning of kinship care, children’s needs and characteristics as well as exploring often contentious and complex areas such as contact and the placement of siblings. This module will further consider children’s identity.

Module Three:           Assessing and Supporting Kinship Carers

Considers the preparation and assessment of kinship carers including the use of risk assessments. The focus will move onto different approval and support factors. The voice of kinship carers will be a core theme. A training for trainers’ input will complete this module.

To download the flyer click here

To download the application form click here

 

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