SECURING CHILDREN'S FUTURES

This post qualifying 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 is at MSc Level 11 and attracts an award of 60 credits (postgraduate certificate) which can be taken forward to further study. The course is validated by Strathclyde University.

The introductory session for students and their managers will be on the 21st October 2019. The course requires attendance at three taught modules of three consecutive days per module between November 2019 and March 2020. Final assignments will be submitted in May 2020. Assessment will be on the basis of three written assignments as well as an assessed observation in the workplace. Comprehensive feedback is available to students. A student handbook will provide all the required information.

Course dates                                                    Venue                                       Cost    

Module One:    11, 12 & 13 November 2019       Jurys Inn Edinburgh                   £2885 + VAT= £3462.00

Module Two:     20, 21 & 22 January 2020        

Module Three:   16, 17 & 18 March 2020                                  

                                                                                       

For further information, please contact: Brenda Reilly, Business Support and Finance Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ravinder Kaur, Course Leader This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Information flyer available here plus application form here

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.

 

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

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.

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

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