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The post of Social Worker/Senior Practitioner is full time (36.25 hours per week) and applicants should hold a recognised social work qualification C.Q.S.W., C.S.S., or Dip.SW. The holding of a current driving licence is also essential. The post holder will carry a caseload with a mixture of adoption, foster/respite care and adoptee counselling work. Job description Person specification Application form ...Read More
We are delighted to say Ailie Finlay will be coming back to us during the summer holidays with some more of her stories. Like previous years, we plan to have a choice of times for families to come on the day. The date is Friday 11th August and the two sessions will be at 1pm and 2.45pm. All teddies and their owners are welcome! Bring your own picnic, we plan to eat in the garden if the weather is good, otherwise it will be an indoor picnic followed by stories. Some of you will know the drill from previous years ...Read More
Annie Kierrmar, trainer from the Theraplay Institute Chicago, and Louise Howath from After Adoption Manchester, assisted by Rita Grant of St Andrew’s Children’s Society, delivered Theraplay training to a diverse group of 31 people here at the Society’s Edinburgh office. It was a full five day week programme, focussed on how Theraplay can help create more trusting and secure attachments between children and their care givers. Theraplay is proving to be a significantly positive experience for adopted families. It is no surprise that many social workers, educators, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services workers, and independent therapists are seeking out ...Read More
Welcome to the Summer 2017 edition of the St Andrew’s Children’s Society newsletter, Reflections16. In this edition we say a sad farewell to four members of staff, but hello to Milo and Mo, two puppet mice who will be assisting Rita! We introduce you to our new website to be launched in May. We welcome Pascaline Mollard to John’s Place and Scotland’s Adoption Register. Did you know, this is the 95th anniversary of the formation of The Archdiocesan Social Services Committee, the forerunner of St Andrew’s Children’s Society. We are saving our celebrations for our 100th birthday in 2022 – lookout for the special edition of Reflections24! But ...Read More
St Andrew’s Children’s Society are pleased to announce we are running another Parent and Child Theraplay© Group in October/November 2017. It will take place on Tuesday mornings. This group is aimed at families with children aged 2-4 years. The group will take place in our offices at 7 John’s Place, Edinburgh, EH6 7EL. The dates are: Tuesday 24th, and 31st October and 7, 14, 21 & 28 November 2017. Arrive 10.00am. Sessions will run from 10.15 until 11.15am. Tea and coffee will be provided after the session. If you would like a place on this group, please let us know, ...Read More
In the the November 2016 edition of the St Andrew’s Adoption & Foster Care newsletter we say a fond farewell to Constance Bartley, retiring after 30 years with St Andrew’s. You may well ask what a photo of a cruise liner is doing on the front of this newsletter. It came from Aberdeen Velga, who cruised on the Reflection earlier this year. The picture of the fireworks comes from the Aberdeen ‘Dads ‘N’ Lads’ group. The gathering of people are SafeBase™ parents who attended our Call-Back session – more inside. The article regarding Trustees in the last edition of Reflections brought some good responses. Potential Trustees and Volunteers, read more ...Read More
We regularly have our adopters coming in to share their experiences to Preparation Groups, SafeBase programmes and other support service delivery to new adopters. We would now like to formalise that help by recognising that they are, in fact, volunteers. There are many more ways in which our adopters and foster parents can help us to provide better services by sharing your past experiences, both good and bad with us. This can be by supporting our staff at Preparation courses, SafeBase and Theraplay training for new adopters and other information and training events Another way is to write about your ...Read More