For education professionals working with adopted and other care-experienced children, Professional Membership enables you to develop your knowledge, skills and networks, and supports you to achieve the very best for vulnerable pupils in your care.

Why join Adoption UK?

Most adopted children have suffered neglect, abuse or violence in early childhood. Fewer than half reach expected levels at KS2 and fewer than one in four secure five good GCSEs (including English and Maths). They  are more likely to have social, emotional and mental health difficulties and are 20 times more likely to be permanently excluded. And early trauma doesn't just affect adopted children; children in foster care or kinship care, children who have experienced domestic violence, and bereaved children can also struggle in school.

But an understanding, compassionate school can make the world of difference to these children's resilience, their relationships and their life chances - it can give them an equal chance. Understanding why children who have experienced loss, trauma, abuse or neglect may behave in a certain way, what triggers this behaviour and how best to support them, can have a positive effect on everyone's experience in the classroom. 

Adoption UK has in-house education expertise and a wide network of teachers, policy makers and parents. We provide highly-tailored training materials to contribute to your continuing professional development and to help you equip others in your school. We offer advice, support and up to date information about relevant education policy and practice. We are also campaigning for policy changes that will help schools support their most vulnerable pupils.

As a Professional Member of the Adoption UK Community you'll enjoy:

  • Free inset training resources and case studies
  • 30% discount on tailored online training for professionals, by leading provider AC Education
  • Termly education newsletter summarising relevant policy and practice developments
  • Termly exclusive recorded interviews with education experts
  • Your own copy of Let’s Learn Together, a guide to supporting adopted children in school
  • Free subscription to our highly praised bi-monthly magazine, Adoption Today
  • Exclusive member discounts with Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Discounts on tickets to Adoption UK conferences and events
  • Opportunities to get involved in influencing government policy
  • And when school’s out.....Adoption UK Advantage is an exclusive members’ club with lifestyle discounts for you and your family, including days out, shopping and travel.

Ways to join:

One-off annual payment £95

Annual Direct Debit £89

Monthly Direct Debit £7.50