Adoption & Fostering (A&F) is seeking a new Editor in Chief to begin at
the end of 2022.

A&F is the only quarterly peer-reviewed journal dedicated to adoption and fostering issues. Over nearly 50 years, it has gained an international reputation as one of the world’s leading sources of knowledge for a wide range of professionals: academics and practitioners in social work, psychology, law, medicine, education, training and caring for children and young people. This global outreach has increased significantly since the establishment of a co-publishing arrangement with Sage Journals in 2013.

The journal supports CoramBAAF’s aims of promoting the highest standards of practice in adoption, fostering and childcare services, to increase public understanding of the issues and to provide an independent voice for children and families, disseminating new research and practice developments, informing and influencing policy makers, all those responsible for children and young people, and public opinion at large.

Although A&F is produced by CoramBAAF, the views expressed in its pages are those of its contributors and not necessarily those of the organisation. The Editor in Chief has responsibility for maintaining this independent editorial stance by reflecting ideas on current practice issues and providing a forum for much-needed debate.

Context of the post
The Editor in Chief is employed on a five-year freelance basis and works closely with the Journal Production Editor who is employed by CoramBAAF.

Main duties and responsibilities
• To read and assess all submissions as they come in via Sage Track, Sage’s web-based system.
• To help suggest suitable peer reviewers and convey their comments to authors.
• To comment, advise and, where necessary, edit articles to ensure factual accuracy and an appropriate standard for the journal.
• To write an original editorial for every edition.
• To decide upon suitable topics and material for future inclusion, including commissioning articles and occasional book reviews.
• To ensure the overall editorial balance of each edition, including against recent issues in order to avoid duplication, over-emphasis of a particular subject matter or author, etc.
• To ensure that the journal reflects current debate and ideas.
• To editorially pass/approve a complete set of finished page proofs for print.
• To initiate occasional special editions, supported by one or more Guest Editors.
• To liaise closely with and offer guidance to the Production Editor.

For more information and details on how to apply, please contact the Journal Production Editor, Victoria Walker: