Department for Education
Adoption Reform Update – August 2013
This month’s bulletin features the fully revised statutory adoption guidance that should now be followed; an item that will be of interest to small voluntary adoption agencies; and an update on training and professional development for social workers on fostering and adoption. It reminds you of the BAAF training dates that are running over August and September and included updates from First4Adoption and the Consortium for Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA). We have also included references to a couple of items of reading material that you may find of interest and details of how to enter the National Adoption Week Awards 2013.
Adoption Statutory Guidance
Adoption Agencies (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013
£16m Funding to Increase the Recruitment of Adopters by the Voluntary Adoption Agency Sector
Voluntary Adoption Agencies increase adopter recruitment
CVAA is pleased to report that the VAAs’ contribution to the adoption sector in 2012-13 was a very successful one and the sector achieved an increase in placements of 19% and most importantly, there is evidence of a 43% rise in approvals of prospective adopters, demonstrating a sustainable increase for the future.
These results reflect the hard-work and commitment that all the VAAs have been making. Also, at recent growth agenda workshops delivered by CVAA there was increasing evidence of LAs and VAAs working together to address the issues highlighted in the adoption reform programme. CVAA is developing further support proposals to enhance such developments.
The table below show the headline statistics for England for 2012-13. The figures for the first quarter of 2013-14 will be available soon.
The College of Social Work (1): Improving training and professional development for social workers on fostering and adoption
The College of Social Work (2): Family Justice Curriculum Guide
Two-Stage Adopter Approval Process
Friday 2nd August 2013 – BAAF London Office
Monday 5th August 2013 – CCS, Bristol
Friday 9th August 2013 – BAAF Leeds Office
Friday 16th August 2013 – BAAF Newcastle Office
Thursday 29th August 2013 – The Heatons, Manchester
Thursday 29th August 2013 – BAAF Newcastle Office
Thursday 29th August 2013 – BAAF Birmingham Office
Monday 2nd Sept 2013 – BAAF Leeds Office
Monday 2nd Sept 2013 – BAAF London Office
Wednesday 11th Sept 2013 – CCS, Bristol
Monday 16th Sept 2013 – BAAF Newcastle Office
Tuesday 24th Sept 2013 – The Heatons, Manchester
Friday 27th Sept 2013 – BAAF London Office
Monday 30th Sept 2013 – BAAF Birmingham Office
BAAF will be running the second tranche of training between November 2013 and January 2014 and will focus on the use of Fostering for Adoption. The dates for these events have not yet been finalised but when they are, we will include them in a future update.
Update from First4Adoption
The first e-learning module to support the two-stage process is now available – please click here to go to the module. The module looks at criteria for adoption and will help prospective adopters explore this area to ascertain if adoption is right for them.
We have amended our website to include content about the two-stage process and have produced a summary document for prospective adopters. If you would like a copy please contact us – email@example.com If you wish to use content from the First4Adoption website please ensure that you do so with clear acknowledgement to First4Adoption and include links to our website. We will be contacting agencies over the next month to ensure that you have us listed on your website as a useful contact for adoption.
We have added a new page on our website which clearly outlines how First4Adoption can assist adoption agencies – the page can be found here.
First4Adoption has also added content to the website about concurrent planning and Fostering for Adoption, hosting a new leaflet for which explains how potential carers can decide if the process is right for them. To download the leaflet, please click here.
National Adoption Register for England & Wales Annual Report 2012/2013
Independent Review Mechanism's Annual Report
Article in The Times On Adoption Activity Days
National Adoption Week Awards
Keeping you in touch
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If you have any suggestions as to how we might make these updates more useful to you – or items you would like to see – please let us know by contacting the email address above.
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Adoption Reform Update – August 2013 (EXTRA)