Local offers

We know that learning about adoption doesn’t end with your training during the assessment process, quite the opposite. The table below is designed to give you an idea of resources you might be able to call upon in your local area.

We try to offer our adopters a range of course throughout the uyear: Link to events timetable

We also work with colleagues at  The Centre (CCS Adoption), to offer our adopters a range of courses and workshops, find out more by visiting https://www.ccsadoption.org/the-centre/events/courses-workshops/

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Local authorities must publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information about provision they expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have Special Educational Needs or are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. In setting out what they ‘expect to be available’, local authorities should include provision which they believe will actually be available.

Contacts in your area are:

    • The Local Authority has a duty to promote the educational achievement of Previously Looked After Children by providing information and advice to:
      • Any person that has parental responsibility for the child
      • Providers of funded early years education and Designated Teachers for Previously Looked after Children in maintained schools and academies
      • Any other person the authority considers appropriate for promoting the educational achievement of relevant children

      Previously looked-after children are those who:

      • Are no longer looked after by a local authority in England and Wales (as defined by the Children Act 1989 or Part 6 of the Social Services and Well- being (Wales) Act 2014) because they are the subject of an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order
      • Were adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales. ‘State care’ is care provided by a public authority, a religious organisation, or any other organisation whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society

      Your local Virtual School

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is an NHS service that helps children and young people under the age of 18 years. In some areas this service is referred to as CYPS.

CAMHS Teams offer support for children or young people struggling with moderate to severe emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.

These difficulties may include:

  • eating disorders
  • low mood or depression
  • feelings of worry or anxiety
  • hearing voices or seeing things
  • self-harm and/or suicidal thoughts
  • experience of trauma or abuse
  • emotional and behavioural difficulties


Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CAMHS

There are five locality CAMHS teams based across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. You will see the team that is affiliated to your GP surgery.  For children under five years of age, please visit  Primary Infant Mental Health Specialists (PIMHS) page for further advice.

Gloucestershire CAMHS

Wiltshire CAMHS


The NHS Webpages offer up to date advice on what benefits you or you child may be eligible for;

Adoption Leave

Adoption Support Workers are able to offer advice on Adoption Leave; employed adopters are usually entitled to adoption leave and may be entitled to adoption pay, which is a legal right. Some employers may offer a more generous scheme than the statutory one, but they cannot offer less than the statutory amounts.

You can find out more about Adoption Leave through the following links:

Bath and North East Somerset



North Somerset

South Gloucestershire