Release notes

With Link Maker, our goal is to constantly progress and improve our services through assessment and customer feedback. Through our releases we unveil new features, implement enhancements and fix any bugs that might be lurking. Below you will find our recent releases and developments.

Release 1.16.4

Release date: February 11th 2020

All users

  • Fixed a bug when saving details on the photo edit page did not exit the page.

Adopters and Adoption practitioners

  • Fixed a bug where enquiries that were automatically started by Link Maker showed the incorrect details for ‘started by’.
  • Fixed a bug where a practitioner had created an adopter’s profile and the automatic email asking them to register on Link Maker was not sent.

Adoption practitioners

  • Organisations will now have the ability to delete adopters’ profiles and confirm a match on their behalf. Adopters will be notified via email that their profile has been deleted and access to family-finding features has been removed.
  • Added an ‘Adopter activity report’ to the admin menu that will report on all the family-finding activity for families that has taken place on Link Maker. Users can choose to generate either a summary report, or a full report. The full report includes a breakdown of needs as well as a record of all discussions that have taken place on Link Maker.
  • The available families report has been amended so that when any needs are entered in the basic criteria, the report results will only include families who would be ‘willing’ to meet the needs of the child/children. The report previously showed families who ‘would discuss’ meeting the need.
  • Fixed a bug with the available families report when entering a sibling group with a significant difference in their ages. Implemented functionality that will automatically notify any linked practitioners when an adopter has deleted their profile.
  • Implemented ‘Incoming enquiry statistics’ which is visible to practitioners on their home page. This shows the percentage of incoming expressions of interest responded to within a week for their own organisation.
  • Implemented an ‘All cases’ option to the case filters on the Cases page for RAA/National register managers.
  • Added an option to enter more information regarding the religion of sibling groups or adopters.
  • Implemented an email that will notify linked practitioners when a family has made an outgoing expression of interest.
  • Made improvements to the profile deletion and confirm match flow for both adopters and children. Practitioners are prompted to download relevant profiles, discussions and activity reports prior to the profile deletion. If the deleted profile is the last profile on the case, practitioners will be prompted to make the case inactive if appropriate.
  • Added additional fields for information about matches not made on Link Maker in order to aid in RAA/National Agency reporting.
  • Fixed a bug that was displaying the ‘Region’ on children and adopter profiles in Welsh to practitioners in ARW.
  • Fixed a bug where a practitioner was not able to decline a request to link to a family.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented practitioners from sharing a family case with other practitioners within their organisation.

Adoption UK community

  • Fixed a bug that prevented a public forum users from upgrading to a full community user.

Release 1.16.3

Release date: January 7th 2020

All users

  • Implemented functionality so that for all geographical selects, users are able to select a geographical area or postcode. This affects the search pages and alert settings.
  • Added a filter in advanced filters for both child and family search to allow users to filter by language.
  • Fixed a bug where adopters contact details were shown in the start discussion section of an enquiry where the adopter had not yet registered.

Adoption practitioners

  • Have expanded the ‘Level of access’ functionality so that Agencies, RAA’s or National registers can restrict new adopters from seeing any child’s profiles whilst also having the option of making the adopter profile available to the agency. This functionality can be turned on at the request of an organisation manager.
  • Added functionality so that RAA or National Register managers are now able to sort by ‘all cases’ on the Interests and discussions page.
  • Added functionality to allow adopter practitioners to express interest in child profiles with adopter profiles that do not meet the criteria set out in the child profile. Child adoption practitioners are then notified that the adopter profile does not meet the criteria set in the incoming expression on interest. 

AUK community users

  • Have removed restrictions that prevented users from instigating a ‘chat’ unless they had a valid AUK membership. All community users are now able to instigate a chat with any users.

Release 1.16.2

Release date: December 5th 2019

All users

  • Fixed a bug on the search pages with advanced filters where criteria entered in ‘Min/Max Age’ and ‘Profile added between’ were not always displaying the correct results.
  • Fixed a bug where documents uploaded to the site were occasionally displaying with a black background.

Adoption practitioners in Wales

  • Changed the way the availability status is shown on the Cases page and profile data exports when the family or child profile is missing welsh translations. The availability status is only overwritten when the profile has been made available.

Adoption practitioners

  • An additional ‘hidden’ reason of ‘Considering kinship’ has been added.
  • Fixed issued with the display in the ‘Child Wishes’ section of a child profile. Added ‘age at deletion/match’ and ‘age at referral’ to the child profile data exports.
  • The sort order for adopter profiles displayed in the adopter search pages has been randomised.
  • Added functionality that allows child profiles to be made available to practitioners only within your LA/agency or RAA/National register.
  • Fixed a bug where the ‘date of match’ field was not appearing when selecting ‘Matched elsewhere’ on deletion of a child or family profile.
  • Fixed a bug with the emails sent to users notifying them that there are outstanding actions, where they were being sent to disabled users.
  • Fixed a bug with profile data exports where selecting ‘matched or deleted on the dates below’ returned active profiles.

Commissioning practitioners

  • Added more options to the ‘preferred start date’ field on child commissioning profiles .Options have been extended to ‘ASAP’, ‘As soon as placement plan is agreed’ and ‘Specified date’.
  • Implemented functionality to allow placements to be marked as ‘Emergency placements’. The profiles are labelled with an icon on both the search page and profile page, and alerts generated have “emergency placement” specified in the alert email header.
  • Implemented functionality to email practitioners regarding emergency placements that have been on the system for over 5 days to ensure that placements reflect an accurate status.
  • Added in the option of specifying a preferred placement location on child commissioning profiles. The preferred geographical location is displayed on the placement profile.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented users from sharing a residential home case.
  • Fixed a bug where the legal status was not being shown on a child placement.
  • Fixed a bug where the vacancy availability was displaying incorrectly on a profile where the number of vacancies was set to 0, and the availability was set to ‘unknown’.
  • The sort order for foster carer and residential home profiles displayed in the search pages has been randomised.  

Release 1.16.1

Release date: November 14th 2019

All users

  • Added various improvements to increase accessibility.
  • Increased the minimum password length to 12 characters.
  • Refined the end discussion copy for all users.
  • Fixed an error that occurred on login, where previously the user session had timed out and the user has then logged in again.

Adopters

  • Added the ability for families to delete their account information prior to activating their account.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented users from filtering children by an RAA or national register on the children’s search page.

Adoption practitioners in Wales

  • Added a legal status - Accommodated under section 76 (Wales only).

Adoption practitioners

  • Fixed a bug where the message shown when trying to show interest in a profile when the practitioner was not linked to any compatible families was incorrect.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented users from filtering children by an RAA or national register on the children’s search page.

Commissioning practitioners

  • Implemented system generated emails as reminders of outstanding actions on the system.

Adoption UK community

  • Implemented changes that allows community only users to login without a PIN.

Release 1.16.0

Release date: October 30th 2019

All users

  • Made improvements to increase performance across the site
  • Made improvements to the enquiries section - fixing various bugs 
  • Implemented changes to completely remove any personal data from system generated emails.
  • Implemented improvements to the way images are compressed on the site.

Adopters

  • Made improvements to the indexing and generation of matching scores.
  • Added a ‘moderate’ level as an option for the ‘level willing to support’ for various needs listed in the health and development section of a profile.
  • Made improvements to the enquiries section     
          o Implemented changes that will allow practitioners linked to family cases to both start and end discussions.
  • Added addition copy to ‘notifications’ within an enquiry history for clarification.

Adoption practitioners

  • Made improvements to the indexing and generation of matching scores.
  • Added a ‘moderate’ level as an option for describing children’s needs and for the ‘level willing to support’ for adopters.
  • Made improvements to the enquiries section o Implemented improvements to the ‘mark as read’ functionality. The ‘mark as read’ button must be selected in order to remove the enquiry from the ‘needs attention’ section. This will mark the enquiry as ‘read’ for all colleagues within the organisation, preventing the duplication of work.
           o Implemented changes that will allow practitioners linked to family cases to both start and end discussions. 
  • Fixed a bug where past enquiries for a deleted family profile were not showing on the ‘interest and discussions’ page.

Adoption UK community

• Fixed a bug preventing users from searching the forums.

Release 1.15.8

Release date: September 12th 2019

All users

  •  Added a date of match/placement when confirming a placement or match.
  • Made improvements to the process which grants access to messages and documents following a password reset.
  • Removed the facility to enable organisations to pay monthly for a licence.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented users from searching by profile reference (e.g. SMP12435) on the advanced search pages for adopters and children.
  • Fixed a bug where enquiries were not automatically opening after 14 days when the opposite party had not responded.

Adopters

  • Fixed a bug preventing adopters from marking an enquiry as ‘Incorrect – I am still family finding’
  • Fixed a bug where not all practitioners where listed on the ‘discussion started’ section of an enquiry

Adoption practitioners

  • Fixed a bug that allowed duplication of a child or family profiles in rare circumstances. 
  • Fixed a bug that allowed practitioners to select a blank availability. 
  • Fixed a bug where the hover-over help text for the ‘message practitioner’ button was in the incorrect location.
  • Fixed a bug where not all practitioners where listed on the ‘discussion started’ section of an enquiry

Commissioning practitioners

  • Made changes to the default printing permissions for documents, so the default printing permission allows other to print/save the document.

Adoption UK community

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the automatic creation of a social profile on community registration.
  • Fixed a bug where the user was not notified if the ‘community name’ was already in use.

Release 1.15.7

Release date: August 14th 2019

All users

  • Changes to the user homepage for all users, including changing the username menu to ‘Account settings’
  • Fixed a bug displaying code in user feed
  • Fixed a bug with the geographical area select
  • Ensured that practitioner links between children and families where updated when any changes were made to the primary organisation for children, families or practitioners. 

Adoption UK community

  • Improved the Adoption UK community registration flow
  • Improved messaging on the Adoption UK membership page
  • Improved the ‘Chat’ interface, the content box now expands as you type
  • Improved the alignment/design of the Adoption UK forums on mobile
  • Improved the performance of the ‘Chat’ listing page
  • All community users can now initiate chats with Adoption UK moderators, regardless of their Adoption UK membership status
  • Ensured that users land on their post when posting to the Adoption UK forums
  • Ensured that the topic and last activity are displayed on the ‘Latest posts’ page on mobile
  • Ensured that content options are consistent across the creation of topic/posts on forums
  • The police check consent has been removed from community only registration as it is not required to access the Adoption UK forums
  • Fixed a bug preventing topics from being deleted
  • Fixed a bug with the archived forum search
  • Fixed a bug displaying the incorrect number of posts for a new topic
  • Fixed a bug preventing email links from working
  • Fixed a bug preventing attachments from displaying correctly

Adopters

  • Improved the design of the translation required icon and hover over
  • Fixed a bug with the ‘Include children from’ filter on the ‘Search children’ page

Practitioners involved in adoption

  • Fixed a bug preventing children's profiles from being deleted 
  • Fixed a bug with profile data exports where families with existing children were not appearing
  • Improved the design of the translation required icon and hover over

Practitioners involved in commissioning

  • Fixed a bug displaying matching discussions for commissioning only users
  • Fixed a bug displaying matching cases for commissioning only users

Release 1.15.6

Release date: July 10th 2019

All users

  • Improvements to accessibility across the site, including improvements to the skip link, keyboard only optimisation, improvements to validation and error reporting, and increased image contrast
  • Changed the company phone number across the site to our new freephone number 0800 368 8549
  • Disabled the ‘Add new photo’ button when photo limit has been reached for a profile
  • Reinstated the grey background on a user dashboard to increase legibility of content
  • Improvements to our admin processes and data retention
  • Fixed a bug preventing users from commenting on certain Q&A topics

Adoption UK community

  • All community users can now add an Adoption UK membership and initiate chats with other community users. Users were previously required to have a verified full community account in order to do this, this restriction has been removed. Community users can now chat with other users via the ‘Chat’ icon on the forums.

Adopters

  • Clarified our data retention policy in messaging displayed to adopters when deleting profiles
  • Added an option to edit the ‘Approval panel date’
  • Fixed a bug displaying a practitioner-only link on the alert settings page
  • Fixed a bug preventing adopters from selecting ‘Preference for single child’ in the ‘Sibling group size’ field
  • Fixed a bug displaying field with no content on adopter profiles
  • Fixed a bug preventing a returning adopter from setting an approval status

Practitioners involved in adoption

  • Adopter practitioners within agencies with a default level of access can now set the level of access for adopters in stages, if their organisation has this feature enabled
  • Improved banner messages when sending messages to practitioners within your own agency
  • Improved the process of generating family finding activity reports
  • Added the full name of adopters in the case listing when creating a new profile
  • Added an option to edit the ‘Approval panel date’ for adopter profiles
  • Fixed a bug on the adoption sufficiency dashboard
  • Fixed a bug with the generation of profile exports
  • Fixed a bug preventing the information regarding children living with pets from displaying on the full profile
  • Fixed a bug preventing users from selecting ‘Preference for single child’ in the ‘Sibling group size’ field on an adopter profile
  • Fixed a bug displaying field with no content on adopter profiles
  • Fixed a bug displaying a closed discussion as open on the ‘Interest and discussions’ page
  • Fixed a bug preventing practitioners from resending alerts relating to child matching profiles
  • Fixed a bug displaying mandatory fields, when creating an adopter profile, without a required icon
  • Fixed a bug sending obsolete emails to adopter practitioners

Practitioners involved in commissioning

  • Added the full name of foster carers in the case listing when creating a new profile
  • Fixed a bug preventing the creation of a universal placement request profile
  • Fixed a bug preventing the creation of a residential home profile
  • Fixed a bug displaying mandatory fields, when creating a foster carer profile, without a required icon

Release 1.15.5

Release date: May 22nd 2019

All users

  • Improvements to our profile alert generation process
  • Improvements to the profile data export process
  • Fixed a bug with events in LA/agency area portals
  • Fixed a bug displaying incorrect information in LA/agency area portals

Commissioning practitioners

  • Added the ability to share a discussion without a case with another practitioner at your organisation
  • Added infinite existing placements request document slots to child commissioning profiles
  • Improvements to the ‘Profile activity’ page for child commissioning profiles, giving you more information about which organisations have seen the profile and their current interest status
  • Fixed a bug displaying an incorrect number of discussions on the ‘Profile activity’ page for child commissioning profiles
  • Fixed a bug preventing some users from printing placement requests forms for child commissioning profiles
  • Fixed a bug with the filters on the ‘Search foster carers’ page

Placement providers

  • Added a ‘Print’ button to child commissioning profiles for practitioners
  • Fixed a bug displaying the ‘Required placement location’ incorrectly on a child commissioning profile

Adoption UK community

  • Added a ‘Latest posts’ page to the Adoption UK forums
  • Fixed a bug preventing some users from accessing the ‘Play date finder’
  • Fixed a bug displaying usernames to certain users in the forum
  • Fixed a bug preventing users from posting links in the Adoption UK forums
  • Fixed a bug displaying topics in the incorrect order within a forum
  • Fixed a bug with pagination on topics
  • Fixed a bug preventing public forum only users from replying to ‘Chat’ messages

Release 1.15.4

Release date: May 1st 2019

Adoption UK community

  • Public forum only users can now view/edit their community name and situation, by visiting the ‘My profile’ option in the Adoption UK menu
  • Fixed a bug displaying the incorrect ‘Last activity’ for a forum/topic
  • Fixed a bug displaying the incorrect profile photo for users on the Adoption UK home feed
  • Fixed a bug displaying an incorrect banner on the Adoption UK archived forum

Adoption Register Wales

  • Profiles within Adoption Register Wales are now required to complete all English/Welsh language translations before the profile can be made available to practitioners on Link Maker
  • Fixed a number of bugs with required translations

Commissioning practitioners

  • Fixed a bug preventing commissioning practitioners from accessing their ‘Alert settings’ page

Placement providers

  • Fixed a bug preventing users from editing the ‘Existing child’ details for residential home profiles
  • Fixed a bug with optional fields on the ‘Incoming referrals’ report generation page
  • Fixed a bug preventing users from entering a regular work schedule on foster carer profiles