Adoption Week Scotland Roundup

AFA Scotland and Adoption UK Scotland were again responsible for organising Adoption Week Scotland running from Monday 19th to Saturday 24th November, and were delighted with the success of the programme. The attendance of the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, at the opening conference gave a really positive message about the Scottish Government’s recognition of the importance of adoption and helped ensure a high level of interest throughout the week. Linking to the fact that 2018 was designated the Year of Young People, the theme for the week was hearing the voice of adopted young people. A group, supported by Scottish Adoption and St Andrew’s Children’s Society, set up the Adopted Voices project and have worked together for 18 months talking about their own experiences and working out how to have their views and ideas heard by parents, professionals and policy makers. Their production of a superb video, organisation of the conference programme and powerful presentations on the day proved to be an excellent way of highlighting both the positives and the challenges of adoption and the clear implications for the way practice and policy should develop.

Two family events and four information events were held in different parts of the country during the course of the week with Maree Todd, the Minister for Children and Young people attending the last of these in Musselburgh.

It was particularly encouraging to see the amount of activity organised by other agencies to coincide with the week’s main events. AFA Scotland and Adoption UK will be running Adoption Week Scotland again next year, so while memories of this year’s programme are still fresh in the mind please do get in touch to share your ideas about how we can ensure the week has the maximum impact right across the country.

EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE COUNCIL - VACANCY FOR INDEPENDENT CHAIR

East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership wishes to appoint an Independent Chair, Adoption and Fostering Panel to provide leadership, direction and co-ordination of the Adoption and Fostering Panel (meeting monthly to cover both remits). The Panels consider: children’s permanency plans and matching of permanent placements; registration of adoption and fostering applications; foster carer reviews and deregistration.

The main duties include:

  • Independent Chairing of the Adoption and Fostering Panel which meets one day per month.
  • Preparing for and Chairing Monthly Business Meetings and the Annual Panel Development Day;
  • Ensuring all Panel Business is in accordance with legislation, regulations and local procedures;
  • Involvement in recruitment and appraisal of Panel Members.
  • Identifying service development areas and reporting to the Agency Decision Maker

For more information on this opportunity, please contact Angie Gillies, Team Manager, Care Planning and Placement Team, on 07917642707

A full CV and Personal Statement addressing the main duties of the post should be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 23 November 2018.

FIRST MINISTER TO ATTEND ADOPTION WEEK CONFERENCE

We are delighted that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will attend our conference on Monday 19 November to mark the start of Adoption Week Scotland.    The week is supported by the Scottish Government.  To mark the Year of Young People 2018, the conference, Adopted Voices is giving a group of adopted young people the opportunity to have their views and experiences heard by parents, professionals and policy makers.

To read full press release, please click here

MOVING IMAGES - FREE WORKSHOP EVENTS

The Moving Images project team has been working together over the past 18 months to identify and develop good practice guidance for making and using video clips in family finding. There’s good evidence these make a positive difference, but we found that although many agencies/ social workers thought they were a good idea, they were put off making them by the potential technical, ethical and legal complexities involved. The workshops are aimed at social workers and managers who might be involved in making videos, or making decisions about plans for children. The recording of ‘video’ images of looked after children is becoming a much more prominent issue - given the ease with which this can be created with phones, tablets etc. - and these new resources should be a really useful contribution to managing this appropriately.  Participants will hear directly from the film-makers, social workers, researchers, and others who have been involved in this project. Copies of the guidance will be available on the day. This workshop will aim to provide practical advice and examples that participants can apply directly to their own practice.  These events are free and each agency can send a maximum of 2 delegates overall.  (1 delegate to each workshop or both delegates to either Edinburgh or Glasgow)  Places will be allocated on a first come basis.

Date:                Tuesday 4 December, 2018      

Venue:              Jurys Inn Edinburgh

Cost:                Free Event                                           Time:                10.45am  – 2.00pm

Date:                Friday 7 December, 2018                      

Venue:              Jurys Inn Glasgow

Cost:                Free Event                                           Time:                10.45am – 2.00pm

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