Welcome to AFA Cymru’s early summer legal newsletter. It is our intention to distribute this on a more regular, bi monthly, basis in order to provide practitioners and others involved with care planning for children in Wales, with legal updates relevant to Wales
THE CHILDREN AND SOCIAL WORK ACT 2017
This Act came into force in April following a fairy turbulent time in Parliament. The vast majority of its provisions apply to England only (safeguarding, regulation and training of social workers, and education). There are a small number of sections which apply to Wales and these cover care and adoption proceedings which are, of course, not devolved.
FOR THE ATTENTION OF Social Workers and Managers with experience of adoption
The South East Wales Adoption Service would like to invite expressions of interest from experienced and skilled social work qualified individuals who would wish to consider becoming a member of our list of independent chairs available for chairing adoption disruption meetings.
Adoption Disruption Chairs must be both independent (able to work on a self-employed basis) and have experience in adoption.
Workshop - 18th July - Cardiff
Teenage years are a time of great change, Adopters and Foster Carers are a vital link to providing teens with a Secure Base that is crucial for them to make a successful transition to adulthood. Yet there are considerable challenges for foster carers, adopters and their families. This training looks to bring understanding of the implications of a young person’s personal history, brain development and the impact of abuse and trauma on their presenting behaviour. It looks to give the carers the skills and tools needed to be able to navigate this very crucial period of development of a young person.
Outcomes - By the end of this course participants will be better able to:
· Understand the stages of development for Adolescents
· Understand the complexities for Looked After Children/Adopted going through Adolescents
· Consider factors of stress for Adolescents and Carers
· Consider how to reduce stress factors
· Behavioural management
NEW - St. David's Children Society -
Have a look at the first in the series of videos speaking to 3 families about their adoption journey
The second in the series of videos speaking to three different families about their adoption journey. Here, the adopters reminisce about the early stages of their adoption journey such as their attendance on the Preparation Training and also meeting their social worker for the first time.
The third in the series of videos speaking to three different families about their adoption journey. The families reminisce about their relationship with their social worker and the time leading up to Panel!
The fourth in the series of videos speaking to three different families about their adoption journey. The three families explain the matching process when they are first linked with their children.
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The Association for Fostering and Adoption Cymru (AFA Cymru) is a Welsh charity that has been set up following the closure of BAAF Cymru to support practitioners and to promote good practice across the breadth of permanency planning for children and young people.
The Association of Fostering and Adoption Cymru (AFA Cymru) we offer advice, training and consultancy to professionals and members of the public to support best practice.