This page provides an overview of our approach: our underpinning philosophy, theories and principles that influence our adoption interventions in order to achieve our desired outcomes.
The child-centred perspective is all about focusing on a child's needs and best interests, their care, support and wellbeing. It's about understanding, at a deeper level, what influences a child's growth and development - how they attach to caring adults in their lives and what impacts on their ability to grow and develop into strong adults. Having a child-centred perspective requires that we become familiar with adoption outcome research that helps us to understand children and their needs so that we can work in their best interests.
Being child-centred is also about supporting and maintaining their rights. Central to this is the work of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) and the underlying theme of children's entitlement to special care, and the right to provision, protection and participation.
We support the paramouncy of the child's needs and interests. At the same time we are family-focused.
Working with both birth families, and people wishing to adopt is key to good adoptions practice. The driving principle of family empowerment rests at the heart of the framework and guides practice toward more family-responsive approaches. The need to foster practice partnerships, including processes that involve extended families, is an important practice principle.
Adoption involves the making of critical life-long decisions and our role is to help families make the right decisions for themselves for their children. Supporting the cultural context of the family and working with social networks is also central to the practice framework.
This strand focuses on the importance of strengths and evidence-based practice. The strengths perspective reflects a move away from a focus on deficits toward practice that enhances possibilities. Mobilising the strengths of the broader family to support both birth parents and families wishing to adopt can demonstrate family cohesion and support.
Evidence-based practice also requires that practice have a strong knowledge base. Building practice on a solid foundation of research evidence about what works in the context of adoption will better support good long term outcomes for children.
The Adoptions Practice Framework works on the basis that no one perspective is enough when working with parties to adoption. It is the weaving together of the perspectives through the phases of our work that makes our practice strong.
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