LAUNCH OF RECRUITMENT VIDEO

We are delighted to share the news that Scotland's Adoption Register (SAR) has officially launched its first recruitment video which can be viewed here:   https://scotlandsadoptionregister.org.uk/ 

This video is aimed at encouraging adults to come forward to adopt those children who wait longest in Scotland; over the age of four years, sibling groups, children with additional needs/disabilities and children of BME heritage. 

Should you wish to have a copy of the video to feature on your own websites please get in touch with us and we will arrange to share it with you.  It has also been shared on Facebook and Twitter. If you follow SAR on these platforms please like and share to spread the message far and wide.

 

 

KCASS ONLINE TRAINING

  • Two half-day workshops for kinship carers focussing on the principles of non-violent resistance when tackling children’s difficult behaviours. To book a place - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/.../connective-parenting-nvr...
  • FASD Hub Scotland and KCASS invite Kinship Carers to a 90-minute session on FASD.  This session will provide an introduction to FASD and the opportunity to ask questions. To book a place, http://ow.ly/J4Rb50FPAWj
  • Kinship Care online conference – Wednesday 16 March 2022: 10.00am – 2.00pm.  Further details to be confirmed.

Further details on these events can be found in the latest edition of the newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/83bbac653be0/read-about-what-the-service-is-planning-this-autumn  

AFA Scotland Survey and Prize Draw

This September, we are asking our members to share your thoughts in the AFA Scotland Survey, to tell us what we are doing well and how we can improve our service to you.

The survey will be sent out via email to all subscribers on 1 September, 2021 and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The data collected will be used to inform AFA Scotland’s future vision, aims and objectives, as well as our trainings, events, resources and other services.

At the end of the survey, participants will have the opportunity to enter a draw to win attendance to the upcoming AFA Legal Conference or a workshop of your choice between now and 31 March, 2022 (Terms and Conditions apply).

If you are not subscribed to AFA's email list, or did not receive the survey email but would like to participate, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the survey link.

2021 LEGAL CONFERENCE

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?  Supporting children, families and relationships into the future

We are delighted to advise that this year's Legal Conference will be held on Friday 5 November, 2021.  It will explore how to future proof plans and Orders so as to reduce the risk of disruption; post adoption support; through care and after care for children who are no longer looked after; the terms of Kinship Care Orders and applications to vary these and working with the birth mother who no longer has any rights or responsibilities for her child.

Speakers will include representatives from social work, private practice, the Bench and research.

This will be a virtual meeting but break out rooms will provide delegates with an opportunity to share views and experiences.

If you are interested in attending this conference and would like a booking form, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

ADOPTION WEEK SCOTLAND 2021

Adoption Week Scotland will run from 15th - 19th November 2021

It offers an opportunity to raise the profile of adoption, encourage discussions about what adopting a child now involves and to highlight the continuing need to find adopters for children who are unable to remain with their families.

The national programme of events helps bring the issue to public attention, with the intention that  agencies can capitalise on the wider publicity to run campaigns or promote debate in their own areas.

A short information/planning meeting (held online via MS Teams) for agencies is planned for Wednesday 25 August 2021: 10.00am – 10.45am and will  provide local authorities, adoption agencies and others with an opportunity:

  • to get information about the outline plan for AWS 2021 and the programme of nationally organised events
  • to identify supports or resources that would be useful for agencies to receive in order to run campaigns/ to promote adoption in their area
  • to hear from other agencies about plans for the week and things that they have found successful in the past.

If you would like to be part of this meeting, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the registration link will be sent to you.  Further information on events planned will be posted in due course.

NEW TRAINING TOPIC

With new legislation and regulations around placing brothers and sisters becoming operational on 26 July 2021, AFA Scotland has developed training on “Assessing Brothers and Sisters and Making Decisions about Caring Arrangements” which provides opportunity to examine the legislation, research and tools available for making good assessments and decisions for siblings.

Demand has been very high as people grapple with the implications of these new regulations.  Our first series of scheduled workshops are now fully booked but a further date has been agreed for Monday 23 August 2021 - booking form.

We are now also delivering this training direct to agencies therefore if you would prefer AFA Scotland to provide this training event specifically for staff in your agency, get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can get that organised.

NEW MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY: ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

Alongside Corporate Membership (for local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies and independent fostering providers) Associate Membership is for organisations such as law firms, NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, adoption, fostering or family support agencies, training or service support providers, childcare charities, foster carers' or adopters' associations, Government departments or statutory agencies, voluntary agencies, university departments or research projects.

It has been designed to help keep your organisation well informed of new developments in the field, access expertise, engage in multi-disciplinary forums, improve practice delivery, evidence regulatory compliance, engage in debate on current issues and offer an opportunity to share policy and practice.

For further details on the core benefits of this membership category and an application form, please click here

 

 

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