The Promise Plan 24-30: Placing lived experience at the heart of our work
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1w ago
The recent publication of The Promise Plan 24-30 is a welcome next step for those organisations working towards keeping The Promise in Scotland, continuing the critical centring of voices of those who have both lived, and currently live within the care system. Adoption UK Scotland has always embedded lived experience within the work that we do. We recognise the unique value of peer support and the knowledge gained from those who have walked the same path ahead or alongside you. But the learning opportunities we’ve experienced through our work, motivated by The Promise and the need to better su ..read more
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Special educational needs – getting the right support for your child
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1w ago
Research by Adoption UK shows that adopted children are more likely to have special educational needs (SEN) than their classmates. IPSEA supports children and young people in England with all kinds of SEN, including those who have been adopted. This blog explains what support your child’s setting should give, what help your local authority (LA) should give, and what you can do if this is not put in place. If you live outside England, the law is different. If you live in Wales, Northern Ireland, or Scotland, please click on the links to find out more. Does my child have SEN? Compared to their c ..read more
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Voices of Volunteering
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1M ago
We spoke to three of our fantastic volunteers about what sparked their interest in volunteering with AUK Scotland and asked them to share a little about their experiences. Chris runs a group for adopters with teens and young adults in Edinburgh. They meet once a month, alternately at Wetherspoons and the Eric Liddell Centre, and also plan other activities such as ten pin bowling. The group also recently met with civil servants from the Scottish Government to present and discuss issues for adopted teens, young adults and their families.  What led you to become a network volunteer, and ..read more
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Everyday Ways to Connect with Your Adopted or Fostered Child
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2M ago
Fiona Biggar is an adoptive parent, psychology graduate, coach and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) master practitioner who has supported adoptive families for many years. Her new book, Everyday Ways to Connect with your Adopted or Fostered Child, introduces a range of strategies and tips on how to use therapeutic parenting to improve relationships within families affected by trauma. Neuro Linguistic Programming is about understanding our brain, our language and the constructs that shape our beliefs and behaviours and this fits beautifully with the attachment parenting ethos of playfulness ..read more
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Break the Barriers
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5M ago
In 2023, as media headlines exploded with headlines about an ‘attendance crisis’ in the UK’s schools, I began to gather research by Adoption UK and other organisations as well as data collected by the Department for Education in England (this data is not available in other nations) to try to uncover how previously looked after children fitted in to this emerging story. I reached out to those with lived experience and was immediately inundated with heartbreaking stories. Stories of children who had been unable to attend school for months and even years; parents who had unwillingly decided to ho ..read more
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Listening to the voices of adult adoptees
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8M ago
We were delighted to welcome the Scottish Adult Adoptee Movement (SAAM) to Adoption Week Scotland 2023. SAAM is a group of adult adoptees working to change the narrative around adoption and give a voice to adoptees in Scotland. Fiona Menzies-Henderson, from SAAM, explains why it’s so important to listen to adult adoptees and how working with AUK Scotland is an opportunity to share their lived experiences of adoption. Why do SAAM want to be involved with Adoption Week Scotland this year? Earlier this year, the former First Minister of Scotland gave a "sincere, heartfelt and unreserved" apology ..read more
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Adoption Week Scotland 2023: Listening to and Supporting the Experience of Adoption
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8M ago
Adoption Week Scotland (AWS) is an annual event to promote awareness of adoption and its complexities, and to celebrate families. This year’s theme focuses on the critical need to listen to individuals and families about their experiences, acknowledging the need to support our adoption community through learning directly from those within it. To achieve this we have been striving to ensure that we're elevating voices of out adoption community. Our programme of events offers a variety of different opportunities - webinars for parents and carers, an adoption fair for practitioners, parents, and ..read more
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Why the care review shouldn’t exclude adopted children, 16 October 2023
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9M ago
Stable Homes, Built on Love, the strategy published in February has much of value – a focus on early help for struggling families, investment in kinship and foster care, proposals to invest in the social care workforce and measures to free up social workers to spend time with families. These proposals are valuable and desperately needed. Where the proposals fall short is adoption. Birth family relationships The government plans do reference the vital work already underway by the National Adoption Strategic Team to improve contact between adoptees and their birth families, but there is so much ..read more
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Reading is Magic: Cressida Cowell – Five Follow Up Activities
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10M ago
If, like mine, your children are participating in Reading is Magic events at home, you might want to do some follow up activities together to keep that magic going for a little bit longer.  As the ambassador for the event I was lucky enough to have a sneak preview of Cressida Cowell’s special 20th anniversary session where she answers 20 questions in 20 minutes about writing the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ series, becoming an author and her future writing plans – she has exciting things in the pipeline!  The event is lively and entertaining, and Cressida is wonderfully engaging a ..read more
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Book Review: When the Parents Change, Everything Changes, by Paul Dix
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10M ago
Those of us who have been on a long and sometimes challenging parenting journey may be tempted to walk past the general parenting titles in the bookstore, but I’d encourage you to pause and take a look at When the Parents Change, Everything Changes. It’s not a book about parenting children who have experienced trauma, but you might find much of it surprisingly familiar.  The alternative parenting approaches that many of us have honed over years of reading, attending training and learning from those who have walked our path before us are, at their heart, rooted in the vital importance of r ..read more
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