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
- Contract Manager Jenny McMillan
- Administrator Fiona Probert
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
Children’s social care law in Wales
Finding information on social welfare legislation and guidance in this area can often be difficult when working within a complex framework of laws.
Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics has set up a free website which aims to support those working in the child care sector and provide them with assistance on laws related to children’s services now, and in the future when the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 comes into effect in April 2016.
On 30th April CASCADE hosted it’s Annual Adoption Lecture, this year in association with BAAF Cymru. Professor Julie Selwyn’s lecture “Beyond the Adoption Order – Discord and Disruption in adoptive families in Wales and England” had a full guest list. If you would like to watch the lecture you can access it in full here CASCADE ANNUAL ADOPTION LECTURE 2015
All the CASCADE (Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre) research briefings from Cardiff University are available in Welsh and English on their website CASCADE publications
CASCADE research project - Dr Louise Roberts is investigating the experiences and outcomes for families where one or both parents is a looked after child or care leaver and has designed a short survey for professionals. If you have experience of working with care-experienced parents or have knowledge in this area, we would be grateful if you would answer this short survey. Please also feel free to share with colleagues.
The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and does not require personal details to be provided. It can be accessed via the Socsi qualtrics website
If you have any comments or queries about the research, please contact Louise directly: RobertsL18@cf.ac.uk.
New consultation launched on raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales
Please see the link to the consultation document: Raising ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales which has now been published.
Adoption process experience for adopters with a disability
Charlotte Weaver, a post graduate student at Cardiff University is conducting a research on the adoption process experience for adopters with a disability and would like to interview adopters – see attached poster for more information.
The National Adoption Service
This is a new service that will transform the way adoption services are delivered across Wales.It is pioneering in its approach across the UK. The service be found online at www.adoptcymru.com
Watch the following clip from Welsh Government and hear the aspirations of the new service from Wendy Keidan , Director of BAAF Cymru and Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services
Watch the video below to hear Suzanne Griffith Director of Operations National Adoption Service and adoptive parents talk about the new service
The National Adoption Service in Wales is an initiative of Welsh Government and is supported by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), the Association of Directors of Social Services in Wales (ADSS C) and the key Voluntary Adoption Agencies. The service is funded and delivered by local government in collaboration with the voluntary sector.
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BAAF Cymru Rhyl W2 Morfa Clwyd Business Centre 84 Marsh Road Rhyl Denbighshire LL18 2AF Tel: 01745 336 336 email: email@example.com
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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