CVAA’s Practice Programme

CVAA is committed to developing standards of excellence in practice throughout the voluntary sector and adoption system. Our practice programme supports this by providing members and other adoption professionals the opportunity to network and share practice via a series of regular, low cost events held across the UK. The programme aims to promote CVAA’s members whilst equipping adoption professionals with the skills and resources to incorporate evidence into their practice and measure their own impact.

Click here to view our events calendar, and book tickets to any of our events. 

Click here to download a digital flyer which provides information about CVAA’s practice programme. 

CVAA Practice Workshops

CVAA’s practice workshops are regional facilitated events to support practitioner development and have been developed through extensive consultation with the sector. Based on feedback from members we have designed our practice workshops as opportunities to look in depth at priority areas of practice. At each workshop we hear from a CVAA member about their services, and CVAA provides a summary of the most relevant research and data available. We are delighted to continue to run events of greatest benefit to our members and expand our reach to provide services to new audiences.

CVAA Evidence Seminars

CVAA Evidence Seminars continue to bridge the gap between research and practice by providing our members with the opportunity to hear directly from academics about the latest, most relevant research. Over the past year at CVAA Practice events we have heard from Professor Hugh McLaughlin, Professor Jo Ward, Professor Julie Selwyn, Dr Matt Woolgar, and Dr Graham Music.


Participants in all CVAA events will be provided with resources to help them with their own CPD activity, and to enable them to easily replicate sessions in their own agencies to encourage dissemination of learning. These include CVAA’s Theory of Change template designed to help practitioners consider the impact of their services, videos of our academic speakers, written summaries of discussions held at our workshops, practice posters and papers, and presentation slides by speakers at our events. CVAA Members can view the resources from all past CVAA Practice events by logging into the member’s area of our website.

CVAA’s practice programme is underpinned by the following CVAA Priorities for Outcome Improvement:

  • Priority 1: Placement of priority children – To improve equality of outcomes for those groups of children who are less well served by the adoption system than others
  • Priority 2: Permanency planning – To improve early decision-making about permanency, whatever the right permanent home for a child, and develop new and effective models of permanency planning where appropriate
  • Priority 3: Adoption support – To improve the effectiveness and availability of excellent, life-long adoption support, to all parties to adoption, including birth families.

For more information and with any questions please email