NEW RESEARCH PROJECTS

STAR (Sibling Reunite) Development Project

Under the leadership of Karen Morrison, STAR - Siblings Reunited’ - has developed into a highly regarded service enabling brothers and sisters who live apart to come together regularly at a rural centre in Fife allowing them to build and maintain their relationships through positive shared experiences. The Promise Partnership Fund is supporting the further development of the service over the next two years. As part of the project AFA Scotland will be undertaking a review of the service to help provide the evidence that will enable the approach to be used more widely across Scotland.

Supporting Children and Families Project - led by Adoption UK Scotland

This 1-year project will work with families of brothers and sisters in permanent (kinship, fostering or adoption) placements supporting the  families to maintain relationships between brothers and sisters when they are living apart, and building capacity and resilience to manage the challenges involved when the children are living together. AFA Scotland’s role in the project will be to work with practitioners to consider how the barriers to the maintenance of sibling relationship can be reduced, and the support to build capacity and resilience in the families increased.

ADOPTION WEEK SCOTLAND 2021

Adoption Week Scotland is now underway; 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.  

A full programme of events has been scheduled and further details including information on how to sign up for the free events can be found at AWS21

To read the latest press release please click here

AFA SCOTLAND RESPONSE TO THE NATIONAL CARE SERVICE PROPOSALS

The Scottish Government launched a consultation on proposals for the creation of a National Care Service; the proposed reforms around social care represent one of the most significant pieces of public service reform to be proposed by the Scottish Government, and have the potential to be the biggest public sector reform in Scotland for decades.  The Independent Review of Adult Social Care concluded that current structures have not fully delivered the improvements intended to be achieved by integration of health and social care and recommended the creation of a National Care Service.  The Scottish Government have proposed that this incorporates both adult’s and children’s social work and social care services.

AFA Scotland sought the views of its members and has submitted a response to the consultation proposals which can be viewed here.

RECRUITMENT: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

AFA Scotland is recruiting to the post of Executive Director, currently held by Robin Duncan.  

The post offers an exciting opportunity to lead the work of AFA Scotland at a crucial time in the development of work with care experienced children and for the postholder to use their knowledge, experience and expertise to ensure that AFA Scotland continues to make a real difference to the lives of children and their families in Scotland.

If you are interested in hearing more about the post, please click on the following documents:  Job Specification - Application Form - Essential Information  If you require any of the documents in word format, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note, the closing date for applications is - 5.00pm Friday 3 December 2021 with interviews being held on Tuesday 14 December 2021

 

2021 LEGAL CONFERENCE

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?  The impact of planning and decision making after the Order is made and when children are no longer looked after

Adoption, Permanence and Kinship Care Orders are just the beginning for children and families moving towards the hope of a settled life. We know that ongoing support and advice from professionals is vital in sustaining these relationships.  To promote effectiveness of decisions and planning for children and families we will look at what happens next on the child’s journey in permanence under kinship care or permanence orders or adoption and thereafter, moving into adulthood.

This year’s legal conference will focus on the impact of the decisions made on the child and family where the child moves into permanence or ceases to be a looked after child. This will support practitioners in future proofing plans in light of the experience and knowledge that our Speakers will share.  We are delighted to announce the Janys Scott, QC will Chair the event with the following speakers:

  • Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle, Sheriff Principal for Grampian, Highlands and Islands
  • Claire Anne McFadden, Partner, JK Cameron Solicitors
  • Dr Ariane Critchley, Researcher & Lecturer, Stirling University
  • Pamela Graham, Head of Learning & Development (Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (Staf)
  • Lara Wierzoch, Birthlink

If you are interested in attending this conference and would like a booking form, please download now.

 

AFA Scotland is registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) - SC046417