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.

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

Consultation Response

AFA Scotland welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Scottish Government's Consultation on the 'Review of Part 1 of The Children (Scotland Act 1995 and Creation of a Family Justice Moderinsation Strategy'.  To view our response, please click here

 

NEW WORKSHOP - Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's)

We are delighted to announce that a further new workshop has been developed on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) which will be held on Monday 20 November, 2018 in Edinburgh.

ACE's have been widely discussed and interpreted in terms of meeting children's needs and also have relevance for adults reflecting on their histories; the approach however is not without controversy.

This workshop will aim to explore the relevance of ACE's in relation to the assessment of prospective adopters and foster carers.

If you would like further inforrmation or to download a booking form please click on this link

Legal Group Conference 2018

Following our legal group conference held in June on the topic of Adoption, Permanence Orders and Kinship Care – finding the best option for our children we are now delighted to be able to share with you some of the presentations from the speakers on the day. 

If you would like to view these, please visit our Learning Zone and select Video Zone.

Permanently Progressing? Building Secure futures for children in Scotland 1-day Conference

A ground-breaking study conducted by the Universities of Stirling, York and Lancaster, in collaboration with AFA Scotland will see its research team present its key findings at a 1-day conference on Wednesday 19 September 2018 at the Stirling Court Hotel. 

The team at University of Stirling is led by Dr Helen Whincup (PI) and includes Dr Margaret Grant (Research Fellow), Dr Alison Hennessy (Lecturer) and Jade Hooper (Research Assistant) working with Professor Nina Biehal (co-PI, University of York) and Dr Linda Cusworth (co-investigator, Lancaster University)

Phase One (2014-2018) investigated decision-making, permanence, progress, outcomes and belonging for a large cohort (1,836) of children in Scotland who became looked after in 2012-13, aged five or under. 

If you would like to book a place at this event or would like to see the programme for the day with details of contributors please click on this link

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