We were pleased to support Adoption UK at VIAM2015 & VIAM2016; where you generously donated to their cause using the on screen text pledge. This year we are continuing that support for this worthy charity. At VIAM2017, Adoption UK staff will be there to rattle their buckets. You can donate to this charity on the night either by text or directly into one of their buckets, or you can donate online by vising www.adoptionuk.org

Schools Campaign – we need your help

Join the campaign to make every school attachment-aware.

Adoption UK has joined forces with the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), and others, in a bid to make every school attachment-aware. The aim is to provide all school leaders and teachers with knowledge, practical strategies, access to training, and a network of support through Adoption UK’s schools’ membership programme.

Use your Pupil Premium funding to become an adoption-friendly school by joining Adoption UK.

Adoption UK’s chief executive Hugh Thornbery CBE was interviewed across a range of national media following the launch of our Schools Campaign, on why it is so important to make every school in the country attachment aware. To listen to an interview that Mr Thornbery gave to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme click here (it starts around 2 hours and 32 mins in).

Mr Thornbery was also interviewed on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show. Click here to watch it.

To find out more, download the flyer and application form now

Nation Association of Head TeachersDownload Understanding Attachment Difficulties joint advice from NAHT and Adoption UK.

Schools and other education providers should ensure that all staff who may come into contact with children and young people with attachment difficulties receive appropriate training on attachment difficulties.”

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline [NG26] on childrens attachment (November 2015)

Adoption UK is the leading charity providing support, awareness and understanding for those parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents. Over 11,000 members provide a strong, supportive community and the largest voice of adopters in the UK. We are very grateful to everyone involved with Voice In A Million for helping us make our voice heard even louder.

More than 90,000 children are looked after in the care system across the UK. Last year 5,000 children were adopted and there are currently 3,000 waiting to find a permanent, loving home. Adoption UK helps prospective adopters through the adoption process and is a constant resource once a child has been placed as issues can present themselves post adoption, even several years later. Adoption UK provides an invaluable helpline, advice, training and support. We also campaign and lobby for change and together, with the voice of our 11,000 members, we help influence policy makers and obtain support and legislative change for adoptive families.


Our vision is a world where all children and young people unable to live with their birth parents can find security and happiness with permanent families who have the right support to build brighter futures. 

Adoption is a way of providing a permanent home and family to a child who can’t be brought up by their birth family. Today, the majority of adoptions in the UK involve older children, sibling groups and children with disabilities, who have been taken into care. Adoption transforms the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in society.

As part of its work with adoptive families, Adoption UK believes that it is really important for schools to be aware of the needs of adopted children because their difficult start in life may present as a barrier to learning. Awareness is a great place to start but Adoption UK would like to help teachers and teaching professionals take it to another level by providing tailored inset training, helpful publications, a range of tools and techniques for dealing with issues such as developmental trauma and attachment and an understanding of the funds that are available to help assist adopted children through their education journey. Your support can help us develop these tools and make them available to as many teachers and schools as possible.


Registered Charity No. England and Wales 326654 and Scotland SC037892

Have you registered your school for VIAM2017

We are still open for school groups to join us at the SSE Arena Wembley on the 8th and 9th of March