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New Research Projects

STAR (Sibling Reunited) Development Project Under the leadership of Karen Morrison, STAR – Siblings Reunited’ – has developed into a highly regarded service enabling brothers and sisters who live apart to come together regularly at a rural centre in Fife allowing them to build and maintain their relationships through positive shared experiences. The Promise Partnership …

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AFKA Scotland Responds to the National Care Service Proposals

The Scottish Government launched a consultation on proposals for the creation of a National Care Service; the proposed reforms around social care represent one of the most significant pieces of public service reform to be proposed by the Scottish Government, and have the potential to be the biggest public sector reform in Scotland for decades.  The Independent …

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Kinship Care Week: 14-18 March 2022

Kinship Care Week aims to increase understanding and recognition of the role of kinship carers and the challenges they often face, but importantly, it’s also an opportunity to celebrate kinship carers for the incredible role they play in raising children. The week is co-ordinated by Kinship Care Advisory Service Scotland (KCASS) working in partnership with …

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Securing Children’s Futures – Good Practice in Permanence Planning & Family Placement

This post qualifying course is aimed at social workers and managers in children and families’ teams, family placement teams as well as other specialist settings across the statutory, voluntary and independent sector. Applicants will require the support of their employer to attend as well as validate their work. It is imperative that sponsoring agencies ensure …

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KCASS Online Training Course Announced

Two half-day workshops for kinship carers focussing on the principles of non-violent resistance when tackling children’s difficult behaviours. To book a place – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/connective-parenting-nvr… FASD Hub Scotland and KCASS invite Kinship Carers to a 90-minute session on FASD.  This session will provide an introduction to FASD and the opportunity to ask questions. To book a place, http://ow.ly/J4Rb50FPAWj …

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Evidence Review on Support for Birth Parents

As part of the work AFKA Scotland has been doing on the Supporting Roots project, Ariane Critchley has prepared a review of the evidence on the support offered to birth parents. This Scottish Government commissioned review is intended for use by practitioners, managers, and service providers who are developing the support available to birth parents in …

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AFKA Scotland Response to the National Service Proposals

The Scottish Government launched a consultation on proposals for the creation of a National Care Service; the proposed reforms around social care represent one of the most significant pieces of public service reform to be proposed by the Scottish Government, and have the potential to be the biggest public sector reform in Scotland for decades.  The …

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AFKA Survey and Prize Draw

This September, we are asking our members to share your thoughts in the AFKA Scotland Survey, to tell us what we are doing well and how we can improve our service to you. The survey will be sent out via email to all subscribers on 1 September, 2021 and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. …

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2021 Legal Conference

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?  The impact of planning and decision making after the Order is made and when children are no longer looked after Adoption, Permanence and Kinship Care Orders are just the beginning for children and families moving towards the hope of a settled life. We know that ongoing support and advice from professionals is vital …

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SAR Launches Recruitment Video

We are delighted to share the news that Scotland’s Adoption Register (SAR) has officially launched its first recruitment video which can be viewed here:   https://scotlandsadoptionregister.org.uk/ This video is aimed at encouraging adults to come forward to adopt those children who wait longest in Scotland; over the age of four years, sibling groups, children with additional needs/disabilities …

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