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. 

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Part 6 Code of Practice (Looked After and Accommodated Children 

Please note that the Welsh Government has issued a revised Part 6 Code of Practice (Looked After and Accommodated Children), under section 145 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

This code came into effect on Monday 2 April 2018 and revokes the Part 6 Code of Practice issued in December 2015.

Please find the new link below and details of the changes which were consulted upon in autumn 2017.



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Addendum to the late spring edition of the newsletter

Update on Version 2  Part 6 Code of Practice, following the consultation last year.

Some minor amendments have been made to the original Code of Practice, and as a result a lot of the numbering of paragraphs has changed. It is, therefore, worth checking out the new Code when you are referring to it even if you are not working in the areas where changes have occurred.

The changes are as follows:

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This GUIDE is written for the National Adoption Service by Sarah Coldrick, legal consultant with AFA Cymru and Julie Doughty, lecturer in law at Cardiff University.  It aims to provide information for prospective adoptive parents on the legal framework for each leg of this complicated journey to becoming a family. It is compiled in such a way that you can dip into a particular section as and when require.  This guide is also available in WELSH

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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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