National Forums

National Practitioners’ Forums

AFKA Scotland runs several national forums for practitioners from different professional backgrounds, helping members stay up-to-date with the latest developments in policy, practice, legislation and research, as well as providing opportunities to network and share examples of emerging practice.

Please contact us with any enquiries about our forums.

Learn more about our national forums and upcoming meetings:

Forums

AFKA Scotland launched a free online Toolkit to support and develop practice in permanence transitions and to help children and young people stay connected with people important to them during transitions and beyond. This Community of Practice is of interest to practitioners and managers who are supporting children with a plan for permanence. There will be opportunity to hear from practitioners who have delivered the toolkit as well as share practice in using the toolkit. There will also be space to share practice experience and developments in this area.

This is an online forum which meets four times per year.

Brings together researchers working on studies related to family placement, social work practices and improving the lives of children, young people and families throughout Scotland. The forum enables researchers to share information about their work and broader research developments, with the aim of promoting links between research teams and enhancing our collective knowledge and understanding of evidence-based policy and practices to ensure they are designed in ways which more effectively meet the needs of looked after children.

Members include researchers from Higher Education institutions such as Stirling, Strathclyde, Edinburgh, Dundee and Edinburgh Napier; relevant third sector organisations such as SCRA and CELCIS; and a range of independent researchers.

This forum sits alongside and links into the work of AFKA’s other forums for social workers, panel chairs and legal and medical professionals to ensure everything AFKA does is rooted in research.

This is an online form which meets three times per year.

Offers support and advice to medical advisers in respect of the complex medical, legal and social work practice issues involved in their work and provides access to information on current research and practice developments. It also offers the invaluable opportunity to share practice wisdom with colleagues from across the country in respect of the wide range of child and adult health issues on which medical advisers are required to advise. 

This is an online forum which meets three times per year.

Brings together solicitors and advocates and those interested in the legal aspects of adoption, fostering and kinship. Developments in case law, legislation and policy are discussed in an open and informative environment where members work to achieve best practice based on their own experience, skills and insight. Guest speakers will sometimes present on a variety of relevant topics and members are kept updated by AFKA’s legal consultant, researchers, kinship care consultant and Scotland’s Adoption Register Manager.  The forum advises on the highly popular annual legal conference which attracts leading speakers in their fields.

This is an online forum which meets four times per year.

This newly introduced forum is of particular interest to social workers practising in family placement. It provides practitioners with an opportunity to share their experiences, knowledge and develop good practice in this area.

This is an online forum which meets three times per year.

This forum provides an opportunity for supervising social workers to share emerging practice and ideas, discuss the latest developments in policy, legislation, and research as it relates to fostering. It also facilitates the sharing of knowledge and expertise as well as space to discuss practice issues and dilemmas. The forum is open to supervising social workers in both the North East and West consortia, providing networks of supports with peers.  The forum will be of interest to social workers who are new to this area of practice as well as experienced supervising social workers.

This is an online forum which meets four times per year.

Attended by adoption and fostering practitioners and managers from local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies and independent fostering providers across Scotland, offering the opportunity to hear about recent developments in family placement covering social work, the law and research.  It regularly hosts speakers and encourages the exploration of dilemmas in this area of work. Ultimately, it is focused on promoting consistency and good practice across agencies.

This is an online forum which meets four times per year.

For members who chair adoption and permanence, f0stering and adoption panels. Panel advisers are also invited to join once or twice a year. Members have the opportunity to hear about new developments which directly and indirectly affect and influence their work on panels.  It has independent members as well as representatives from local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies and independent fostering providers across Scotland. Practice, research and legal aspects are covered, and members have the opportunity to share practice developments and dilemmas as well as influence the work that AFKA Scotland does.

This is an online forum which meets four times per year.