New school guide for parents with adopted children

A new Welsh Government backed guide for parents with adopted children on how to work with schools to benefit their child’s education has been launched on Monday 11th September.
Created by Adoption UK Cymru, 'Getting it right for every child: A parent's guide to working with schools', sets out the top things parents of adopted children should look for when choosing a school, how to work with staff at the school and gives advice on how attachment issues can have an impact on a child's progress through the education system. 

The guide, funded by the Welsh Government, is based on recommendations from internationally renowned experts on trauma and attachment.

Written by Ann Bell, who is an adoptive parent and Director of Adoption UK in Wales, the content is based on contributions from other adopters, adopted children and young people, teachers and those responsible for looked after and adopted children in local authorities.


An annual report including information on children on care orders and in placements. Data also covers adoptions from care and numbers of children and young persons leaving care.

Key points

  • 5,954 children were looked after on 31 March 2017, an increase of 290 (5 per cent) over the previous year and a rate of 95 per 10,000 population aged under 18.
  • There were 624 children looked after at 31st March 2017 (10 per cent) who had three or more placements in 2016-17.
  • The number of children adopted decreased by 28 (8 per cent) over the previous year.
  • Of the 2,217 children starting to be looked after in 2016-17, 1,381 (62 per cent) were due to abuse or neglect.
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NEW - St. David's Children Society -

Have a look at the first in the series of videos speaking to 3 families about their adoption journey 

The second in the series of videos speaking to three different families about their adoption journey. Here, the adopters reminisce about the early stages of their adoption journey such as their attendance on the Preparation Training and also meeting their social worker for the first time. 

The third in the series of videos speaking to three different families about their adoption journey. The families reminisce about their relationship with their social worker and the time leading up to Panel! 

The fourth in the series of videos speaking to three different families about their adoption journey. The three families explain the matching process when they are first linked with their children. 

Additional funding for social care in Wales is providing new opportunities to improve outcomes for children who are looked after across Wales.  This improvement program will be overseen by the Ministerial Advisory Group for Children and delivered through 3 work streams - Professional practiceAssessment of risk and edge of care services and Permanency planning and building stable placements.

These work streams are chaired by Heads of Children's Services and involve the statutory and third sector working together to deliver better outcomes.  The National Fostering Framework is part of the Permanency planning and building stable placements work stream, and we have just been advised that funding is available for its third year of work. 

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We are pleased to announce that, following consultation with medical professionals in Wales, CoramBAAF have published Welsh language electronic editions of some of their children’s health forms and these are now available for forms licence holders.

The Consent Form, and Forms IHA-C, IHA-YP, RHA-C, and RHA-YP (initial and review health assessments for children and young people) are now available electronically.  There is no extra charge for these – they are covered by your license for the children’s health forms.

We will keep you informed of further Welsh translations as they are published, as well as other new  and revised forms.

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In September 2015, The Association of Fostering and Adoption (AFA) Cymru was formed. Whilst its day to day operational services of training, consultancy, professional advice and information are delivered independently of St. David’s, it is by law governed by St. David’s Children Society under the terms of its charitable status.

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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.  

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