PAC-UK Big Consult of Adopted People & Birth Parents
PAC-UK reveals the findings of The Big Consult, the largest piece of research into birth parents and adopted people’s experiences and feelings around the adoption process, in over 20 years.
The Big Consult was funded by the National Adoption Strategy Team and is a major consultation of birth parents whose children have been adopted, and of people adopted from the 1950s to the present day.
PAC-UK launched The Big Consult to gain an understanding of birth parents and adopted people’s feelings and experiences around the adoption process, the services they received before and after, their thoughts on how these can be improved, and their suggestions for the future of adoption.
PAC-UK delivered an online 'Big Consult Launch Event' on 20 April 2023, which was a huge success with over 250 people attending live on the day - you can view the event recording on PAC-UK YouTube.
UEA and PAC-UK research briefing – “Maintaining relationships with birth families after adoption: What are Adopted Adults’ Views?”
In June 2022 we launched our ‘PAC-UK Consultation – Services for Adopted People’ survey. We wanted to hear directly from adopted people about the services and support they feel is needed.
We were extremely pleased and thankful that a fantastic 392 adopted people completed the survey. Within the survey we also asked about adopted people’s priorities around maintaining relationships with birth family after adoption and 231 responded with comments around this.
Realising the importance of these responses in an under-researched area, we worked with Professor Beth Neil and Cassian Rawcliffe from the University of East Anglia (UEA) on a research briefing which reflects these views.
Cassian Rawcliffe (University of East Anglia) presented the findings of this research briefing at our "Voices and Stories of Adopted People - Identity and Relationships" conference on 17 October 2022 - you can view the event recording on PAC-UK YouTube (Cassian starts his presentation at 2 hours, 37 mins).
PAC-UK 'BRIGHTER FUTURE' Publications
PAC-UK was the UK representative in an international project called ‘BRIGHTER FUTURE’ which was funded through Erasmus+. This 30-month project aimed to directly improve the educational experience of children in care and adopted children, through innovative training for some of the most important people in their lives – their teachers.
Working in collaboration with partners in Spain, the Netherlands and Italy, our consortium produced four publications:
- From protection to inclusion: Identifying the challenges
- From Protection to Inclusion: A Handbook for teachers on children in alternative care and adopted children
- Early adversity experiences and wellbeing at school: A training module for (prospective) teachers
- BRIGHTER FUTURE Online Library
These publications can all be downloaded for free on the BRIGHTER FUTURE page on The Autonomous University of Barcelona website.
Becoming an Adoption-Friendly School
Based on research conducted by PAC-UK, this guide will show school leaders how to develop their adoption-friendly policies and practice, with photocopiable and printable resources. Identifying eight key areas for improvement such as staff training and communication with families, it is applicable to all school settings.
Purchase of the book provides access to an online toolkit, a bank of resources, templates and policies to help schools on the way. The book’s launch took place on 15 May 2017 at the Royal Society of Medicine.
A Good Practice Guide for Schools
A Good Practice Guide for Schools clearly explains how attachment difficulties, trauma and loss affect children and young people’s learning, behaviour and social and emotional development. It provides practical, evidence-informed strategies to help enhance the practice of all those working to support and include traumatised children and young people in school.
Published in 2013, our Good Practice Guide for Schools has sold over 4,000 copies.
SPECIAL OFFER - LAST CHANCE TO BUY: A Good Practice Guide for Schools - Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Children who are Looked After, Fostered, Adopted or otherwise Permanently Placed usually costs £10 for one copy and £7.50 each for multiple copies.
… But while final stocks last you can get your copy for just £5. We are also offering bulk order discounts of 25 copies for £99 or 60 copies for £199!
PAC-UK is a charity and a donation towards the cost of postage and packing would be appreciated.