This enquiry will examine the role of the social worker in adoption, with a particular focus on how ethical issues and human rights legislation are understood and inform practice, and how these relate to pursuing good long-term outcomes for children and their families. It will gather evidence from families and young people involved in the adoption process, social workers and managers, family justice professionals, policy makers and academics using a variety of methods.

The enquiry will be carried out by a group of researchers who have been contracted by BASW to do this: Professor Brid Featherstone (University of Huddersfield) and Dr. Anna Gupta (Royal Holloway, University of London). Ethical approval has been granted by the University of Huddersfield and this means there are certain very important safeguards in place to protect those who give information to the enquiry.

More information, briefing document, consent and link to the questionnaire can be found at

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