• COVID-19 letter to parents from our Directors and tips for preparing for COVID-19 in a trauma informed way
Food for regulation
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The Adoption Consultancy will focus on regulation of children and adults in the home using food. We will help you think about how eating different kinds of foods can have a powerful impact on how we … Read More

Free downloadable resource – The Scared Gang Stay at Home
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The Scared Gang Stay at Home We are thrilled to be able to share with you Éadaoin and Sighle’s latest book from the Scared Gang – The Scared Gang Stay at Home. This fantastic, child-friendly story helps … Read More

Simple steps to avoid feeling highly stressed and overwhelmed
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Structure your day Maintain a daily routine. Function: this gives you back a sense of predictability and control. Notice 3 positive things every day Be present in those moments then record them to build up a … Read More

COVID-19 letter to parents from our Directors and tips for preparing for COVID-19 in a trauma informed way
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Published: 17th March 2020 From: The Adoption Consultancy 360 Letter to parents from our Directors Chris West and Sally Hebeler We are thinking about you all during these strange and uncertain times. Our priority at The … Read More

Children’s Minister confirms adoption is priority for new government
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Published: 16 January 2020 From: Adoption UK Children’s Minister Michelle Donelan has written to all Directors of Children’s Services expressing concern about falling numbers of adoptions and confirming that adoption will be a priority for the … Read More

DfE press release – More funding to boost adoption support
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£45 million boost to help adoptive families adjust to their new lives together. Published 22 December 2019 From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP Thousands more children in care are set … Read More

DfE National Statistics – Children looked after in England including adoption: 2018 to 2019
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Information on looked-after children at both national and local authority levels for the financial year 2018 to 2019 has been published by the Department for Education. The number of children looked after continue to rise… Children … Read More

Department for Education press release: New government support for adoptive families
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Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announces further funding to support adopted children and their families. Adoptive families and children are set to benefit from a multi-million pound investment into programmes aimed at helping them overcome past trauma, … Read More

Caretaker Children’s Minister appointed
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Michelle Donelan has been appointed caretaker Children and Families Minister as recently appointed minister, Kemi Badenoch, begins her maternity leave. Michelle Donelan Ms Donelan, the MP for Chippenham, was appointment just five weeks after Badenoch landed … Read More

New Children’s Minister appointed in reshuffle
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Kemi Badenoch has been appointed Children and Families Minister as part of the new Prime Ministers’ drastic reshuffle. Kemi Badenoch The Saffron Waldon MP was appointed following Nadhim Zahawi’s move to the Department for Business, Energy … Read More

Next Prime Minister urged to pledge long-term support for traumatised children
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A cross-party group of MPs and Peers is calling on the next Prime Minister to make a ten-year commitment to funding vital support services for adoptive and special guardianship families, up until 2030. The Government, to … Read More

The Adoption Consultancy 360 receives fourth consecutive ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating following April 2019 inspection!
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Chris West and Sally Hebeler, Directors of The Adoption Consultancy in Exeter are pleased to inform you that the judgement of our most recent Ofsted inspection in April 2019 is ‘Outstanding’; the highest possible grade. Chris … Read More

MPs open inquiry into the future of adoption support
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  A cross-party group of MPs and Peers has opened an inquiry into the future of post-adoption support in England. The inquiry will consider the running of the ASF so far and is expected to call … Read More

Politicians call for protection of vital adoption support
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This article was published by Adoption UK | March 2019 A cross-party group of MPs and Peers, launched this week, will push for change to ensure adoptive children and families receive the support they need. The … Read More

DfE extends post-adoption support fund
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This article was published by Gabriella Jozwiak | Children & Young People Now | 27 March 2019 Provision of government-funded therapeutic support for children who are adopted or live under special guardianship arrangements has been extended, … Read More

Thousands more families to benefit from the Adoption Support Fund
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£12million boost to support adoptive families bringing total investment to almost £150million since it was first introduced. Thousands more adoptive families and special guardians are set to benefit from additional support after special fund was increased … Read More

CVAA: The Adoption & Special Guardianship Leadership Board has published national adoption figures for quarters 3 & 4 of 2017-18
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Latest Adoption & Special Guardianship Leadership Board data on adoption Published by CVAA | November 2018 Quarter 3 and Quarter 4 ASGLB data for 2017/18 is now available The ASGLB data return is completed by every local authority, voluntary … Read More

New report reveals lack of support for vulnerable children in school
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A new report by the charity ‘Become’ has found worrying evidence of negative attitudes to looked after children in schools, and reveals that the vast majority of teaching staff have no training before they qualify, to … Read More

CVAA: The Adoption & Special Guardianship Leadership Board has published national adoption figures for quarters 1 & 2 of 2017-18
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Latest Adoption & Special Guardianship Leadership Board data on adoption Published by CVAA | 17 August 2018 Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 ASGLB data for 2017/18 is now available The ASGLB data return is completed by every … Read More

Council for disabled children: New ‘Realistic Positivity’ report examines unexpected additional needs of children placed for adoption
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The challenge of supporting families when adopted children have unexpected additional needs. Published by The Council for Disabled Children | August 2018 Adoption changes the lives of the children and families involved forever. Whilst providing nurturing … Read More

TES: Teachers ‘need more training on childhood trauma’
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Traumatic experiences early in life can have a ‘huge impact’ on learning and mental health, children’s charity says By Henry Hepburn | 14 August 2018 | TES A children’s charity has called for teachers to receive … Read More

The Adoption Consultancy 360 Directors attend Buckingham Palace Garden Party!
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Over the course of each year, The Queen welcomes over 30,000 guests to spend a relaxed summer afternoon in the beautiful gardens of Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse. At each Garden Party, around 27,000 … Read More

Victoria Derbyshire programme: The adopted children confused by love
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By Chris Hemmings | Victoria Derbyshire programme | 10 May 2018 Full news item available on the BBC website here. Children who have suffered abuse and neglect can often become violent and distressed at the thought … Read More

High court rules in favour of carers over two-child benefits cap
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Judge says government’s rules on exemptions ‘in conflict with the purposes of the legislation’ The government’s policy of denying financial support to carers who fall foul of the two-child limit on benefit entitlements is perverse and … Read More

Department for Education – Adoption Reform Update: Spring 2018
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Welcome Welcome to the spring edition of the Adoption Reform Update. This issue is full of information across the reform agenda which we hope you will find useful. Contents: Adoption Leadership Board (ALB) update: a message … Read More

2018 dates confirmed: Safety First therapeutic training course for adoptive parents and carers
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The Adoption Consultancy 360 is delighted to confirm autumn dates for our Safety First therapeutic training course for adoptive parents/carers. “This course came just at the right time for us; we were starting to run out … Read More

The Adoption Consultancy 360 receives third consecutive ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating following recent inspection!
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Chris West and Sally Hebeler, Directors of The Adoption Consultancy in Exeter are pleased to inform you that the judgement of our most recent Ofsted inspection in March 2017 is ‘outstanding’ in all areas; the highest … Read More