Despite the enormous pressure on agencies to create contingency plans for vulnerable children, some practitioners have found that home working requirements are giving them space to undertake work that is hard to prioritise under normal circumstances. From discussions at our forums about what would help people progress core aspects of their work while the restrictions remain in place, AFA Scotland has scheduled a series of 1½ hour sessions on a range of issues (see below for topics and dates).

Please note, there will be a maximum number of 20 delegates at each of these sessions and places will be allocated on a first come basis. We will be using the GoToMeeting platform. If you are interested in attending any of the sessions, please put your request in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are successful in securing a place, a confirmation email will be sent to you and prior to the event, a link to join the meeting. Should these sessions be oversubscribed, we will hold a reserved list and if possible, run the events at another time.

Progressing permanence plans and reports for children during lockdown

Aimed at children and families’ workers and other social workers involved in compiling permanence reports such as the Form E and CAPR. During this period we are aware that reports are awaiting completion and that some guidance may be helpful to enable workers to highlight issues that are proving to be difficult to address in reports or where there are different opinions about the most appropriate permanence route.

Wednesday 13th May, 11.00am – 12.30pm              Facilitators: Ravinder Kaur & Rhona Pollock  

Progressing the assessment of prospective kinship, foster, and adoptive parents during lockdown

Despite the restrictions, the need for placements with prospective adoptive, foster and kinship carers is undiminished, and it is important that assessment work continues to the extent to which this is possible. This session is for practitioners currently undertaking assessments or planning to do so and will focus on ways of gathering and presenting the necessary information in the current circumstances.

Friday 15th May, 11.00am – 12.30pm                       Facilitators: Jane Steele & Helen Runciman

Planning for or managing transitions from foster care to permanent placements during lockdown

Placing children with permanent carers is a key intervention in ensuring the safety, welfare and future of the child, but the risks associated with making such placements must be identified and explicitly addressed, and be compliant with the Government’s public health announcements in relation to Covid-19. This session is for practitioners currently involved in, or considering, progressing transitions for children and will consider situations where this may be appropriate and how it can be achieved.

Tuesday 19th May, 11.00am – 12.30pm                   Facilitators: Rhona Pollock & Jane Steele

Navigating Children’s Hearings and Courts during lockdown

Despite normal court and children’s hearing procedures being halted or severely disrupted as a result of the restrictions, it remains critical for children that plans are progressed to the extent that this is possible. This session will focus on discussion about the action that can be taken and the evolving practice in the courts and hearings.

Thursday 21st May, 11.00am – 12.30pm                 Facilitator: Rhona Pollock

Maintaining contact between children and their families during lockdown

Most direct contact between children and their families has been halted, reflecting agencies primary responsibility to ensure that their child is kept safe and that the Government’s Covid-19 requirements are complied with. However, maintaining relationships between children and family members and others who are important to them, is as important as ever. This session will consider what action can be taken to maintain relationships in the current context.

Wednesday 27 May, 11.00am – 12.30pm                Facilitators: Jane Steele & Robin Duncan