AFA LEGAL CONFERENCE 2022 - Save the Date!!!!

This year's AFA Legal Conference will take place on Thursday 10 November in Dundee.

In addition to adoption, kinship care and long-term fostering have become increasingly widespread options for permanence therefore in light of this and recommendations within The Promise, the focus will be around the changing face of adoption and the implications for members' policies and practice.

We are delighted to welcome as our first guest speaker, Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, Royal Courts of Justice, who will provide an insight into what is happening with adoption in England.

For further information and to register your interest, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

VACANCY: ADMINISTRATION AND COMMUNICATIONS CO-ORDINATOR

Scotland’s Adoption Register is currently recruiting to the post of Administration and Communications Co-ordinator.  To apply, please complete an Application Form addressing the essential criteria detailed in the Job Specification and use the Essential Information guide to assist in the application process.

If you would like to discuss the post further, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing Date:                      Applications to be received no later than 5.00pm, Friday 27 May 2022 and should be addressed to:

                                             Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                                              Tel:  0131 322 8490                     

Interview Date:                  Thursday 9 June 2022

Location:                              AFA Scotland Offices, Foxglove Offices/Gf2, 14 Links Place, Edinburgh EH6 7EZ

 (The intention is to conduct the interviews in person, but this may change if necessary to comply with government guidance and restrictions in place at the time.)

Research Report: Disruption of adoption and permanent fostering placements: a Scottish perspective

The final report and briefings for a research study about the disruption of adoption and permanent fostering placements in Scotland are now available. This research was undertaken by AFA Scotland and the University of Dundee in 2021-22, based on analysis of reports and minutes of meetings held following the disruption of permanent placements, conducted by or on behalf of local authorities.

This research addresses one of the most difficult experiences that can occur in fostering and adoption: the unplanned ending of a placement of a child or young person intended to be permanent. The emotional impact for children and their families is far-reaching, and for professionals involved there are significant and often complex issues to manage in both the short-term and longer term. The ways in which the breakdowns of permanent placements are managed for children is critical in supporting them to recover and move forward in their lives.

To learn more about what this research uncovered, please see the following resources:

The research was carried out by Paula Jacobs, Tim Armstrong, Kate Mearns and Maggie Grant.

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VACANCY: RESEARCHER

Post:                            Researcher

Hours:                        7 hours (1 day) per week

Salary:                         £37,658 p.a. (pro rata)

Contract:                     Fixed term post for 30 weeks

AFA Scotland is recruiting to the post of Researcher following a successful joint bid with Siblings Reunited (STAR) in securing funding for an evidence-based process evaluation of STAR from the Brothers and Sisters cohort of Promise funding.  The process evaluation of STAR will enable us to identify best practice in relation to sustaining relationships between brothers and sisters.  The aim of the evaluation is to provide evidence and information to help other agencies to consider how they can establish services using a similar approach across Scotland and to consider what can be done to extend the reach of the STAR project.

We are seeking to recruit an experienced and talented individual as a Researcher to contribute to this evaluation project.  There is some flexibility required in the role as to how the hours may be worked.  Please see job specification for further information.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, which should briefly address each of the essential criteria outlined in the job specification to: Brenda Reilly, Business Support & Finance Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We particularly welcome applications from people with relevant care experience who also meet the criteria.

Closing Date:                   5.00pm, Friday 27 May 2022

Interview Date:                Friday 10 June 2022

Location:                          Online Platform - MS Teams

VACANCY: DIGITAL LEARNING, COMMUNICATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT CONSULTANT

For some time, AFA Scotland has been developing its online services and learning opportunities, and over the last 2 years adjusting to the new realities created by the pandemic. AFA would like to continue to adapt its services and to expand its reach to practitioners and policymakers across Scotland to support the safe, secure, and loving care to which every child has a right. It would like to explore opportunities for blended learning, for incorporating elements of e-learning into training materials or directly commissioned training programmes. It would also like to continue to enhance its online presence by further developing web content, social media presence, online community, virtual training expertise, and digital and research communications to maximise the organisation’s ability to engage, inform and influence practitioners, policy makers and academics.

Contract:                     3 days per week (21 hours) worked flexibly for 12 months

Salary:                         £18,000 (£30,000 p.a. pro rata)

 Please see job spec and essential information for further details.  

Applications for this post should be made using the attached application form and be forwarded to: Brenda Reilly, Business Support & Finance Manager at the address below. If you would like to discuss further, please contact Angie Gillies on 0131 322 8490 or by email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date              5.00pm Friday 22 April 2022      

Interview date          Wednesday 4 May 2022         

Location                     AFA Scotland Office, Foxglove Offices/Gf2, 14 Links Place, Edinburgh, EH6 7EZ

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