- The protocol is supported by The Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS) Cymru and All Wales Heads of Children’s Services (AWHoCS).
The national approach to advocacy for children and young people in Wales, known to Children’s Services departments, was introduced as working practice as of July 2017.
What is contact?
Contact arrangements involve the child or young person and their family members. They can include extended family and friends.
Foster carers play a crucial role in supporting children’s relationships. They need to offer a consistent, reliable base from which children can connect with their families safely. Their approach to the tasks involved in contact has implications for the welfare of their fostered children at the time and in the longer term.
About the campaign
Moving on in foster care – to adoption, back home or to wider family, to another foster family, to residential care or to adulthood – is a time for a proper ending, not a forever goodbye, as abrupt endings are likely to lead to separation and loss issues for the child.