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Individual Membership

cost £51.25 plus VAT

Individual membership is offered to all professionals working to improve the lives of looked after and adopted children, including social work, legal, health and research professionals. “It is designed for people working independently or employed by an agency that is not signed up as a Corporate Member.  Please note, invoices for individual membership are not payable directly to agencies.  Our aim is that individual membership will keep you abreast of key developments in policy, practice and research and provide the opportunity to maintain helpful links with colleagues across Scotland.

The main benefits for individual members are:

  • Attendance at any one of our member-only forums for social work, health and legal professionals in Scotland, with meetings offered at least three times a year;
  • Access to our Scotland-specific helpline providing expert specialist advice on legal, health and child placement dilemmas; this includes enquiries about cross-border and inter-country adoptions and fostering;
  • Receive discounts at all AFA Scotland training events. We provide many continuous professional development opportunities for social workers and related professionals. Specialist workshops, conferences and spotlight sessions are held throughout the year, often with highly regarded external speakers.
  • Now income tax can be reclaimed in respect of of membership payments on individual accounts. See feature box for more information.

Individual Membership can be Tax Free

You can Reclaim Income Tax on membership Cost

Your individual annual subscription is paid including VAT. We have recently received notification from HM Revenue and Customs that our individual members can now claim back income tax paid on this subscription.

When contacting HMRC explain that AFA Scotland have recently been added to the list of approved bodies and quote reference T1644/06/2018

AFA Scotland is registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) - SC046417