From the 31st May 2018 we will be moving Office to:

AFA Scotland
Foxglove Offices / GF 2
14 Links Place
Edinburgh
EH6 7EZ

In addition our phone number is changing to: 0131 322 8490

Please complete the Online Survey here: https://response.questback.com/scottishgovernment/surveyofcareallowances

Survey will close on Tuesday 22 May

Details

The Scottish Government has brought together a group of experts to review foster, kinship and adoption allowances and in doing so, to consider what the 'core allowance' that looked after children and young people in foster and kinship care could include.The Scottish Government has brought together a group of experts to review foster, kinship and adoption allowances and in doing so, to consider what the 'core allowance' that looked after children and young people in foster and kinship care could include.

The approach is centred on the needs of a child and their right to have the support they need to realise their potential. The allowance is separate from any fees or skills payments made to foster carers.

The supporting Guidance on the Looked After Children (Scotland) regulations 2009 states that foster carers are charged with providing not just basic care but optimum care for looked after children. The Regulations sets out expectations that allowances should cover:

  • a healthy diet and good physical care;
  •  opportunities for stimulation and exercise;
  • development of social skills and participation in activities in the community;
  • building self-esteem, including good presentation and acceptability by peers;
  • a safe and comfortable environment;
  • full inclusion in special celebrations such as birthdays, Christmas or other cultural or religious events and promoting and developing educational opportunities

Local authorities have a statutory duty to have clear and accessible policies to reflect foster and kinship allowances. These allowances should be able to meet the expectations detailed above.

Looked after children with disabilities and or additional support needs will receive the support and entitlements of any child with a disability or additional support need, and in line with Corporate Parenting legislation and guidance.

The aim of this survey is to gather the views of carers, local authorities and providers on the principles of a core allowance. The results will be used only for the purposes of providing evidence to the review group to help develop policy recommendations.  Your response is strictly confidential. The survey is being run by the Scottish Government. Our reporting of survey results will make sure that no one taking part can be identified.

Please skip any questions you do not wish to answer and you can stop the survey at any time.

Adoption, Permanence Orders and Kinship Care – Finding the best options for children

Bookings are now being taken for our Legal Conference which will be held on Friday 22 June, 2018 in Dundee.

Attendance at this event will give delegates a chance to reflect on how the law is being interpreted and applied and to look at the options available to practitioners in planning for children and recognising the possible consequences of each course of action.

For further details and a booking form download the conference form here.

Evaluation Report – Adoption Week Scotland 2017, jointly run by Adoption UK and AFA Scotland proved an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges of adoption as well as positive approaches and ideas for addressing these challenges.  

An evaluation report has been produced to identify the outcomes in relation to the identified objectives as set out by the Scottish Government who fully funded Adoption Week Scotland.

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East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced person to chair the Adoption and Permanency and Fostering and Resources Panels (2 full day panels per month). To apply for this position please visit www.myjobscotland.gov.uk. The reference number is EAY02664 and the closing date for applications is 16 March, 2018.

Permanently Progressing? - Building secure futures for children in Scotland is a research study run jointly by the University of Stirling and University of York, in collaboration with Adoption and Fostering Alliance (AFA) Scotland. The first stage of the research will be completed this year, as part of a planned longitudinal study to follow a cohort of children in Scotland as they grow up

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AFA Scotland is registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) - SC046417