Cardiff University and St David’s Children Society have partnered for a project aiming to strengthen adoption services.

Meeting a distinct need identified by the National Adoption Service, experts will support St David’s with a new recruitment strategy for adoptive parents for harder to place children. This includes children over four years old, brothers and sisters, and those with complex needs or medical uncertainty.

Open link to read full article on the Cardiff University’s website.

Strengthening adoption services for children who wait


The latest paper from the Wales Adoption Study has been published in the British Journal of Social Work.

Led by Dr. Sarah Meakings the paper focuses on sibling relationships in the first year post-placement. Cardiff University have paid for the article to be open access and it is therefore free to download. 





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 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.


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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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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