BAAF in Wales
Welcome to the Wales page from Director Wendy Keidan
Cardiff Office team:
- Wendy Keidan, Director BAAF Cymru
- Valerie Leung/ Fiona Probert, Regional Administrators
- Kathy S’Jacob Trainer Consultant
- Sarah Coldrick, Legal Consultant
Rhyl Office team:
BAAF Cymru operates from two offices bases located in the North (Rhyl) and South (Cardiff) and provides a comprehensive range of advice, information, training and publications. A fully bilingual service is available from the Rhyl office.
On the behalf of all Adoption, Fostering and Child Care Agencies in Wales we can also access specialist advice on meeting the needs of Black, Minority Ethnic children and Asylum Seeking children and young people.
We also support IRM Cymru irmcymru.org.uk
- Maureen Ingham, Contract Manager
- Fiona Probert, Administrator
Areas we cover
BAAF Cymru covers the whole of Wales.
How we can help
- An advice line, for members of the public and for professionals - for help and information about adoption, fostering and tracing relatives.
- Consultancy services for professionals, offering in depth help on complex cases and other issues.
- Training in Wales - a wide range of courses for social workers and other professionals.
- Consultancy on your agency's training needs. see the wide range of consultancy we offer. In addition we can also do individual staff mentoring and Serious Case Reviews
- Legal and medical professionals as well as social work staff are welcome to visit our offices for informal discussions and to browse our BAAF publications library.
What's happening in Wales
Consultation: Extending Access to Intermediary Services - Wales
The Welsh Government is consulting on plans to extend access to intermediary services, which at present can only be used by adopted people and their relatives. The consultation is seeking views on which categories of relatives should have access to intermediary services, and also about the rights of the adopted person to make a veto on intermediaries making contact with them.
The deadline for responses is 27 October 2014.
Further details and links to the consultation document are provided on the Welsh Government website.
A call for participants: research project exploring Green Social Work in Wales
Are you a Qualified Social Worker living in Wales, interested in the environment and environmental issues? Keele University are currently looking for participants to take part in some research about Green social work.
Your participation will involve taking part in an interview lasting between one and two hours, and the interviewer is able to travel to interview you wherever is convenient. Full details can be found here.
Public Consultation on the Review of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers is now open
The Code of Practice is particularly significant for those groups who have to register with the Care Council, as it is taken into account when there are doubts over a person’s fitness to practice as a result of allegations about their conduct.
The public consultation closes at 5pm on 30 September 2014.
The Consultation documents and link to an electronic response form can be found here.
Hard copies and copies in other formats such as large print can be obtained by contacting Jeni Meyrick on 029 2078 0672 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
New National Adoption Service for Wales to go live in November 2014, Gwenda Thomas announces
The National Adoption Service for Wales will promote adoptions, increase the pool of adopters, and ensure good quality post adoption support is available for those who need it.
Read the full press release here.
Watch this video featuring Gwenda Thomas, Deputy Minister for Social Services and Wendy Keidan, Director of BAAF Cymru, talking about the new service.
Adoption Agencies (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
Briefing note on the Adoption Agencies (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 prepared by Sarah Coldrick, BAAF Cymru Legal Advisor. View the document here.
IRM Cymru Three Year Overview report published
Celebrities back adoption campaign in South Wales
Former Olympic athlete Jamie Baulch and TV presenter Anna Ryder-Richardson are fronting a campaign called ‘Adopt Wales Cymru’ in a bid to attract more adopters across South Wales. As both celebrities were adopted as young children, they fully understand the importance of a loving and stable family and are keen to support the campaign led by a number of adoption agencies in South Wales to recruit adoptive parents for children and young people, particularly those harder to place.
Alongside Jamie and Anna, current adoptive families are also being used for the campaign, which includes a website, advertisements, leaflet, posters and social media. To find out more information on adoption visit the website at www.adopt-wales.co.uk.
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill has now been scrutinized by the Health and Social Care Committee who have made a number of recommendations to the Deputy Minister. Full details of the Committees report and recommendations can be found on the National Assembly’s website www.assemblywales.org
Welsh Government Response to The Children and Young People Committee Inquiry into Adoption
The National Assembly for Wales’ Children and Young People Committee has now received the Welsh Government’s response to the Adoption report recommendations, which can be accessed using the link below:
A Film to Raise Adoption Awareness in Wales
Watch our film featuring adoptive families from across Wales which has been made to help recruit more adopters throughout the country. They have shared their heart warming stories to inspire people to consider becoming a ‘forever family’ for a child or sibling group who are unable to live with their birth family.
The film, which has Welsh subtitles, is made by the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) in partnership with the BBC’s Outreach volunteering initiative. The film is also available on the BAAF YouTube channel youtube.com/adoptionfostering and can be downloaded to use by all membership organisations free of charge.
Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Young People
Download the All Wales Practice Guidance (PDF).
National Statistics on Looked After Children in Wales
The British Association for Adoption & Fostering for Wales (BAAF Cymru) is pleased to see that there has been an increase in the number of children placed for adoption according to the latest National Statistics on Looked After Children produced by the Welsh Government.
Practice Guidance: Adoption Agencies (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012
BAAF Cymru have devised Practice Guidance on the Adoption Agencies (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 and accompanying Statutory Guidance 2012. You can read the document here.
BAAF Cymru Rhyl
Morfa Clwyd Business Centre
84 Marsh Road
Tel: 01745 336 336
We have now set up a duty rota system for dealing with telephone/email enquiries. We hold two sessions per week, Monday and Thursday 9.00 – 12.00 noon.
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