Government scraps plans to publish 10-year mental health plan as country faces biggest mental health crisis in history
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Despite demand for mental health services at record levels, the government last week scrapped plans to publish its long awaited cross-departmental 10-year strategy to tackle the crisis. Instead, it announced a decision to publish a broader plan that will cover a range of long-term health conditions, such as cancer and respiratory conditions, alongside mental health, under a ‘Major Conditions Strategy’.   Over the course of the last year, thousands of people with lived experience of mental illness contributed to the plans which were due to be released last week. Unsurprisingly, the la ..read more
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Top 5 things I’ve learned since joining Adoption UK  - CEO Emily Frith
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1M ago
As we draw closer to the end of the year, I am taking this opportunity to look back over the last couple of months since I started as CEO of Adoption UK. The absolute highlight for me has been travelling around the UK to meet our teams in the four nations. I particularly enjoyed my visit to Belfast, where I had the opportunity to join a family day. This is where we provide families with the chance to spend the day together with others who understand some of the joys and challenges of being an adoptive family. It was a brilliant chance to meet many of our members. The cakes were excellent too ..read more
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2022: A roller coaster year of education policy in England
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1M ago
If a week is a long time in politics, a year feels like aeons. Back in January 2022, the nation was still living under Covid-19 restrictions, Nadhim Zahawi (remember him?) was Secretary of State for Education, and here at Adoption UK, we were wondering if we were ever going to see the long awaited review of SEND provision in England. Adoption UK kicked off the education policy year with the publication of our 'From Both Sides Now' report, evaluating the provision of educational support – pupil premium plus, designated teachers and virtual schools – for previously looked after children. Th ..read more
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Navigating the Christmas Party season
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2M ago
Christmas can be a triggering time for our little ones. Parties can often be tricky to manage. The combination of Christmas and a party is something else entirely. Over the last few years, I’ve come up with a quick checklist that I run through, before taking my children out to any Christmas Party. The more prepared I am, the less stressed my kids are. Noise Parties are noisy. There’s the music, people talking, and the sound of footsteps all around. The amount of noise depends a lot on the size of the party and the type of guests. A small family party is a lot less noisy than a school disco for ..read more
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Parliamentarians debate the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care in England
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2M ago
Last week Members of Parliament took part in a debate on the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care in England (read the full debate here). Policymakers took this opportunity to urge government to fix the care system – currently ‘skewed to crisis intervention’; and debate some of the recommendations made in the Review, including investing in the social care workforce and increasing the number of foster carers, providing early multidisciplinary help for families; and ensuring kinship carers receive the necessary support. Whilst most of the debate focused on children currently in care or a ..read more
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Learning isn’t confined to school
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3M ago
This morning my daughter had three teeth out at the dentist. A few years ago, she could not let the dentist apply a protective coating to her new adult teeth. Back then we could not soothe her distress enough to allow the 60 second non-intrusive treatment to be applied. I see today as a huge achievement and a significant marker in her recovery from childhood trauma. We talked beforehand about all the little successes she has had in the last couple of years and how she copes with overload – her breathing, fidgeting and positive talk. There was also a clear reward too. If she allowed the dentist ..read more
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Welcome to our new Adoption Today editor
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3M ago
After a year and half of editing Adoption Today (for the second time), I am handing over the baton to new editor Kate Marsh. Kate has joined Adoption UK from Future Publishing where she worked on long-form magazines known as bookazines. She is whipping our magazine production into shape and getting across all things adoption and kinship-related. Your December edition is already well under way. I’d like to welcome Kate to her new role. She is already settling in and getting on with the job with skill and energy. I’m not leaving the Adoption UK fold and still have an interest in Adoption Today ..read more
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Race and representation in adoption - why is it important?
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3M ago
At a young age I was lucky enough to be adopted by my parents: my dad is a person of colour, and my mum is white, which reflected the racial make-up of my birth parents. This representation meant that growing up I never felt ‘out of place’ or as if I stood out, which, as a child, is particularly important.  Growing up as an adopted person of colour means I understand very well the importance of racial representation within the adoption system. Children of colour and mixed ethnic children and young people are disproportionately overrepresented in the care system. Latest government statisti ..read more
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Adopted Adults blog: Complicated Connections
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4M ago
I went to my aunt’s funeral this week. 92 years old and one of five children, mother to four, grandmother to 12 and great grandmother to 13; Thelma’s life was summarised in the 30-minute slot allotted by the crematorium. It was a life well-lived. It got me thinking about how we adopted adults will have our lives summarised when the time comes.  As the adoption bulge of an estimated quarter of a million children adopted as young infants during the 50s, 60s and early 70s, works its way through to an equivalent bulge in adoptee funerals, funeral directors would do well to get some training i ..read more
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Our new Chief Exec looks back on a busy first week
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4M ago
I’ve just come back from our Annual Conference after a busy first week at AUK. The conference was called ‘The Power of Connections’ and my goodness that was an apt title! It was the perfect introduction to the adoption community at the end of my first week, and it really brought home to me one of the core things that Adoption UK is all about – bringing people together to create the right circumstances for people in the same boat to support each other. I also got a really good flavour of the importance of our Path therapeutic services and our youth service having joined an amazing workshop run ..read more
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