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  • Opportunities and risks for adoptive families in today’s Queen’s Speech.

    Today’s Queen’s Speech announces new laws to be passed in the coming year, including legislation that is crucial for adopted people and their families. AUK warns against punitive measures to crackdown on absence proposed in the Education Bill, and calls for the Online Safety Bill and Mental Health Bill to build support for vulnerable children. The Employment Bill has been dropped – a missed opportunity to equalise parental pay for self-employed adopters. Read more

  • The Schools White Paper and the SEND Green Paper: what does it all mean for adoptive families?

    Read our response to the Government's School's White Paper and SEND Green paper. We outline what we believe is missing from these proposals and what kinds of clarity we think is essential going forward to support care-experienced children. Read more

  • President of the Family Division makes final ruling in the Somerset case

    The President of the Family Division yesterday (13th April, 2022) made the final ruling in the Somerset case, confirming that despite breaches in procedure by Somerset County Council in preparing for children’s Permanence Reports, any existing placement orders or existing adoption orders made by a court are fully valid. Read more

  • Our journey

    Read first hand accounts by adopted young people of a special evening to launch the Adoption Youth Councils for Wales and their brand new website. Read more

  • The Time is Now

    First the publication of the long-awaited NICE quality standards for England and Wales, then the launch of a major new report, The Time is Now, resulting from nine roundtables with over 60 participants including paediatricians, psychiatrists, GPs, commissioners, public health experts, researchers, and leaders from the third sector. Read more

  • The Strange and Curious Guide to Trauma

    The Strange and Curious Guide to Trauma is a book for children with stories, information, amusement and pictures. It may not sound or look like it, but it’s the most political (small ‘p’), of my books. Read more