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Call for Action – #Adoption Enquiry

Adoption Enquiry

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has established a UK-wide enquiry to consider the role of social work in adoption.

BASW is calling for evidence from young people who have been adopted, parents, independent reviewing officers, social workers, managers, family justice professionals, policymakers and academics to underpin a year-long research study on the role of the social worker in adoption.

‘The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has established a UK-wide enquiry to consider the role of the social worker in adoption with a particular focus on ethics and human rights. The enquiry will consider adoptions that are undertaken by local authorities for children in care. The focus does not include inter-country or step-parent adoptions.

The enquiry will be carried out by a group of researchers who have been contracted by BASW to do this: Professor Brid Featherstone (University of Huddersfield) and Dr. Anna Gupta (Royal Holloway, University of London). Ethical approval has been granted by the University of Huddersfield and this means there are certain very important safeguards in place to protect those who give information to the enquiry’.

Please use this opportunity to contribute your views.

The questionnaire for the enquiry’s call for evidence is available via BASW: here

More about the purpose of the enquiry, what BASW is asking and how it will use and safeguard the information you share is available in the associated briefing document and consent form – please read before submitting your completed questionnaire.

Completed consent forms and questionnaires should be sent to: adoptionenquiry@basw.co.uk

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