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The St. David’s Children Society Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Cardiff University has been given the highest possible grading of ‘Outstanding’ by Innovate UK.
Funded by Welsh Government, the KTP was a collaboration between St. David’s Children Society, Cardiff University School of Psychology and Cardiff Business School. Supported by the National Adoption Service Cymru the KTP purpose was to strengthen adoption services, with the Adopting Together Service growing from a need identified to find families for children who wait the longest and were most at risk of having their plans changed to long term fostering arrangements.
The KTP began in September 2017. Led by St. David’s, in partnership with Barnardo’s Cymru, Adoption UK and our therapeutic partner, The Family Place, the Adopting Together Service officially launched in June 2018. Since then the Service has continued to grow, placing over 14 children with permanent families. Under its unique model, children and their families have been offered psychologist-led and therapeutic support prior to, and within the first year of placement.
The ‘outstanding’ rating reflects the whole innovative approach undertaken by the KTP to establish the Service, inclusive of support from Cardiff Business School and School of Psychology. Through direct guidance from Dr Jane Lynch at Cardiff Business School, Adopting Together created a collaborative structure behind its delivery that represented transformational change in the procurement of social care, aligning with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
Led by Professor Katherine Shelton, Cardiff University School of Psychology is evaluating the impact of the service for children and their families. Dr Shelton stated that, “This multi-agency project has been transformative in its approach to supporting some of the most vulnerable children in our society. We are absolutely delighted to see recognition from Innovate UK of this work with the ‘outstanding’ grading”.
Wendy Keidan, CEO of St. David’s stated, “The KTP has acted as an enabler of collaboration using the expertise of academic, therapeutic, statutory and voluntary sector partners to find adoptive families for some of the most vulnerable children in Wales. We are grateful for the support of Welsh Government in facilitating this unique relationship which is now going from strength to strength and to Innovate UK for recognising this sector leading approach to social care.”
Suzanne Griffiths, Director of the National Adoption Service said “I am very pleased to see this recognition from Innovate UK. It is testament to the uniquely collaborative approach that underpins this new and much needed service.”
LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week 2019
New Family Social’s LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week campaign returns from 4-10 March, 2019. This year’s theme is ’7 days to love’ with each day of the week focusing on different areas.
We’re thrilled that record numbers of adoption and foster care agencies are joining us and supporting the campaign this year.
Why the week’s needed
In 2018 there were 75,420 looked after children in England, an increase of four per cent from 2017. There’s an ongoing need for more people to provide foster care across the UK and for more people to consider adoption.
Despite a record proportion of same-sex couples adopting in England and Wales, LGBT+ people still report high expectations of discrimination from foster and adoption agencies. To counter this, LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week is a unique opportunity for agencies across the UK to come together and encourage more LGBT+ people to consider both pathways to parenting.
LGBT+ Fostering and Adoption Week is ran by New Family Social who are the only charity led by LGBT+ adopters and foster carers. St. David’s Children Society are proud members of New Family Social and have a strong history of assessing and placing with families who identify as LGBT+. We will be actively supporting LGBT+ Fostering and Adoption Week. If you would like to speak to somebody about adoption and live in Wales or Herefordshire please contact us on 02920 667 007 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adopting Together wins Highly Commended Go Wales Award for Social and Community Benefit
Adopting Together, St David’s collaborative project working with Barnardo’s, Adoption UK and the National Adoption Service, has been awarded Highly Commended 1 in the Category of Social and Community Benefit in procurement at the Go Wales 2018/19 Awards. St David’s and its partners were one of six Wales based projects to be shortlisted. The project was able to highlight how social and community benefits have been embedded at the heart of the procurement process, with a focus on outcomes for children and adopters at the centre of the projects development.
Adopting Together has also been shortlisted alongside 3 UK wide projects for an award from the Institute for Collaborative Working in the category of ‘Innovation’. The entry evidenced how the project has used a structured approach in collaboration and how it is ground breaking in its approach to supporting children and adopters as a part of a collaboration between third and statutory sectors. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony held on the 13th December at the House of Lords.
15th October sees the start of National Adoption Week. This year, the focus in Wales is on our new, exciting and innovative project, ‘Adopting Together’.
‘Adopting Together’ is here to try and find families for the children in Wales who have been waiting the longest for a forever family.
Through ‘Adopting Together’, we are looking for people who want to create their families with the children who wait the longest in mind. Most often, these are children aged four and over, brothers and sisters, children with additional needs – such as behaviours that are a result of their early trauma – and children with medical needs or medical uncertainty.
You will need to be understanding, loving, playful and kind. You will need to have space in your lives, as well as people around you, to share the joys and challenges. We will walk alongside you to help you understand what your child will need, and we will make sure you have the right support at the right time.
Adopting Together is a new project offering a specific model of assessment, training, and ongoing support which will enable and empower you to meet the needs of your children while creating your family.
Chief Executive Officer
Due to the pending retirement of the long serving CEO of St David’s Children Society, an exciting opportunity has arisen to lead this vibrant, forward thinking Voluntary Adoption Agency into the next stage of its development.
St David’s has a national reputation for excellence. It is a highly respected, stable and successful adoption provider that hosts AFA Cymru, the successor in Wales to BAAF Cymru. The Society is proud to be a significant partner in the National Adoption Service of Wales.
We seek an experienced, committed and creative new lead officer who will bring energy, skill and deep knowledge of the contemporary challenges in adoption, permanency and family placement to the Society. The successful candidate will be able to evidence the professional, technical and managerial essentials alongside an unshakeable determination to secure the best for children needing new families. Candidates will need to demonstrate strong strategic skills, a profound commitment to children’s rights, with a minimum of five years’ experience as a leader in a social care setting.
Please see the jobs section of our website for all the details:
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a project manager to join the St.David’s team and lead on the Adopting Together project. This new initiative, supported by The National Adoption Service in Wales, is created under the joint partnership of the Voluntary Adoption Agencies in Wales (St.David’s Children Society, Barnardo’s, Adoption UK, After Adoption and AFA Cymru). The project key aims are to find families for children who have been waiting a significant length of time for a family and to develop early intervention support models, including effective transition planning, that will set the foundation of the relationship between the parent and child from the time of placement and beyond.
The post holder will be a member of the management team in St.David’s Children Society and will also have the opportunity to work closely with Cardiff University.
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Christmas and New Year Opening Times
The office will be closed from 1pm on Friday 22nd December and will re-open at 9am on Wednesday 3rd January.
This Bank Holiday Weekend the office will be closed from 4.30pm on Friday 26th May – 9am on Wednesday 31st May.
Our Drop In Session on Monday 30th May is cancelled, but will resume as normal afterwards.
You can still email us at email@example.com and we will respond to your enquiry on our return.
Enjoy the weekend!
Adoption is a very positive, life changing option for children in need.
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Keeping children safe is the foremost consideration for all adoption professionals. Adoptive parents come from all sorts of backgrounds and are trained and supported with the child’s safety and wellbeing as paramount. For the overwhelming majority of children who are adopted, it provides them with a safe and loving home for life. Adoption provides essential security and belonging not just for very young children but also for older children, brothers and sisters and children with other needs such as medical uncertainty or complexities.
In the year ending 31st March 2017, 4,350 children were adopted in England while 304 were placed for adoption in the same period in Wales. The research evidences that 97% of these placements will endure, though some will require ongoing levels of support. St. David’s continually reflects on how we develop our practice and ensure that we offer ongoing training and support to these unique families to help children be the very best that they can be – they deserve nothing less.
There remains a critical shortage of adoptive parents in Wales and children continue to wait for adoption placements. It is important that we continue to address this shortfall through our recruitment of adopters to meet this need and reduce delays for children in their adoption journey.
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