Alongside delivering training AFA has undertaken a number of pieces of work on behalf of Welsh Government, the National Adoption Service and the National Fostering Framework.
- The Practice Standards for Independent Reviewing Officers. The process has been an interesting one, co-production is the buzzword at the moment so developing this guidance has involved working with practitioners, foster carers, adopters, birth parents, lawyers, CAFCASS and young people! Once all those views have been collated this has had to be set alongside what the law says IROs should do and then comes the simple task of writing it up! We are pleased with the result and thankfully so are our colleagues in welsh government. Some final amendments are being made to accommodate some recent guidance and then its off to translation and ready for publication.
- A similar task has been undertaken to develop good practice guidance for social workers who are involved in the assessment of family members, when children need to be looked after way from their birth families, so called kinship carers. This work was funded by the National Fostering Framework and has involved lots and lots of different groups of people as well. We’ve developed some good skills as a team in running co-production events and are enjoying this way of working – it can result in some very noisy and lively sessions!. This work has just been published and will now be used across Wales.
- The National Adoption Service central team have also kept us busy. We have developed the Life Journey Work toolkit which is now available on the National Adoption Service website www.adoptcymru.co.uk . This toolkit has a framework for Life Journey work that should put you, the adoptive family, at the heart of the materials that are produced. There is still work to do bedding this in across Wales and evidencing to practitioners the benefits for children and their adoptive families in working this way.
- A second strand of our work for NAS involves developing a suite of learning materials that will be free to use from the NAS website when they are ready. Lots of adopters across Wales have been involved in helping us shape these materials with AUK so we hope they will be relevant and useful once complete.
Welcome to the autumn edition of our newsletter, where we look at the adoption regulations currently out for consultation from Welsh Government. They are due for implementation next April 2019.
There are two sets of these regulations, the first being the Adoption Services (Service Providers and Responsible Individuals) and Local Authority Adoption Services (Wales) Regulations 2019, which come with their own Statutory Guidance and Code of Practice.
Welcome to the summer edition of AFA’s newsletter, which looks at the new special guardianship amendment regulations and code of practice. These come into force on 2 July 2018. The Special Guardianship (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 The 2018 Regulations amend the Special Guardianship (Wales) Regulations 2005 Code of Practice on the exercise of social services functions in relation to special guardianship orders The code of practice repeals and replaces the 2006 special guardianship statutory guidance. A reminder – LA’s must act in accordance with the requirements in the code, stated as ‘musts’ or must not’. LA’s may have regard to any guidelines set out, stated as ‘may’ or ‘may not’, ‘should’ or ‘should not’. Both the regulations and code of practice come into force on 2 July 2018.
The National Adoption Service for Wales has today (17 July) published their Annual Report which shows improvements made to adoption services in Wales.
Despite a rise in waiting children, the report focuses on the need to recruit more adopters and to continue improve adoption support.
In 2017/18, more than 300 children were placed in their adoptive home and circa 300 had their adoption order granted.
There was a further improvement in the average time children wait prior to placement for adoption; on average 14.5 months after becoming looked after and 7.9 months after the authority to place is granted. See full report - https://adoptcymru.com/news/annual-report-2017-18
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The Association for Fostering and Adoption Cymru (AFA Cymru) is a Welsh charity that promotes good practice across the breadth of permanency planning for children and young people. It also offers advice, training and consultancy to professionals and members of the public to support best practice.