Best Practice Meetings

SWAC Best Practice Meetings

The SWAC Project Lead runs several Best Practice Meetings for practitioners in member adoption agencies every 2 months. There are separate meetings for recruitment and assessment workers, those working in adoption support, family finders, panel administrators, intermediary and access to adoption records workers, panel chairs, panel advisers, and those supporting birth relatives.

The meetings are held virtually and provide safe reflective spaces for practitioners in similar roles in different adoption agencies across the South West to discuss common issues, and to share good practices and dilemmas.


SWAC Operational Management Board

For service managers and team managers.

— 21st November 2023 – 12.00-2.00 pm

— 13th February 2024 – 9.30-11.30 am


Adoption Support Workers

For social workers and individuals who work in and provide adoption support services.

— 21st November 2023 – 9.30-11.00 am


Front door recruitment and assessment workers

For social workers, support workers, marketing and recruitment staff.

— 20th November 2023 – 12.30- 2.00 pm


Supporting Birth Relatives

For independent support workers for birth relatives and letterbox and direct contact workers.

— 14th November 2023 – 9.30-11.00 am


Family Finders in the RAAs and Cornwall

For social workers and support workers who are family finding for children.

— 20th November 2023 – 9.30-11.00 am


Panel administrators

For minute takers and those involved in panel administration.

— 9th November 2023 – 1.30-3.00 pm


Panel Advisers

— 10th January 2024 – 12-1.30 pm

— 16th April 2024 – 9.30-11 am


Panel Chairs

For panel chairs and vice chairs.

— 12th January 2024 – 10.00 am-12.00 pm

— 12th April 2024 – 10.00 am-12.00 pm


Intermediary and access to records

For adoption social workers and support workers involved in access to records, adoption counselling and intermediary services.

— 31st October 2023 – 12.00-1.30 pm

— 18th January 2024 – 12.00-1.30 pm

— 19th March 2024 – 12.00-1.30 pm

— 9th May 2024 – 12.00-1.30 pm


Medical Advisers

The SWAC medical advisers organise and run their own meetings 3 times a year.


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10th Jan 2024





Other Organizers

Heather Freeman

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