FAQs

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.

Guardianship Orders and Kinship Care Orders

Each Order bestows Parental Rights and Responsibilities (PRRs) for a child on an adult who had not held these. They are both private law Orders under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. Any decision by a Court will be based on three broad principles, namely: (i) The child’s welfare is paramount; (ii) No Order will be …

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What are Interagency Fees in Scotland?

A standard interagency fee charged when adopters approved by one Adoption Agency are matched with a child in the care of another in Scotland was established in 2016. The interagency fee covers the costs of recruiting and assessing prospective adopters, matching, placement and supervision and support up to the point of the adoption order. Interagency …

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Consortia Membership

AFKA Scotland hosts two Consortia (West & North East) funded by a separate membership fee, providing a local forum for members to hear about and share latest developments in policy, legislation, practice and research. This localised membership allows us to support you, the workforce, by sharing knowledge and practice in a way which can meet …

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Individual Membership

Individual membership is designed for people working independently or employed by an agency that is not signed up as a Corporate Member. Please note, invoices for individual membership are not payable directly by agencies. Our aim is that individual membership will keep you abreast of key developments in policy, practice and research and provide the …

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Associate Membership

Associate Membership is for organisations such as law firms, NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, adoption, fostering or family support agencies, training or service support providers, childcare charities, foster carers’ or adopters’ associations, Government departments or statutory agencies, voluntary agencies, university departments or research projects. It has been designed to help keep your organisation well informed …

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Corporate Membership

Corporate Membership is for local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies and independent fostering providers. Currently, all 32 Local Authorities in Scotland are members, as well as many other adoption and fostering agencies. AFKA Scotland also works in collaboration with CoramBAAF and your single membership payment will provide you with a service from both organisations as well …

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