Transitions and Staying Connected Community of Practice (Member only Forum)

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 …

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Fostering Practitioners Community of Practice (Consortia Members Only)

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 …

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Intercountry Adoption Community of Practice (Member only Forum)

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.

Legal Adoption & Fostering (Member only Forum)

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 …

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Research (Non-Member Forum)

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 …

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Medical Advisers (Member only Forum)

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 …

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Chairs Development (Member only Forum)

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 …

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Family Placement (Member only Forum)

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 …

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