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.

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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

Release 1.15.3

Release date: April 29th 2019

Adoption UK community

  • We have added a number of emoji’s that you can now use when posting in the Adoption UK community forums
  • Adoption UK community forum threads are now displayed in the order of newest to oldest last activity
  • We’ve made some improvements to the ‘Full community features’ upgrade page for public forum only users
  • Fixed a bug displaying the ‘Chat’ button on public forum only profiles
  • Fixed a bug displaying profile photos to public forum only users
  • Fixed a bug preventing verified adopters from accessing the ‘Chat’ page
  • Fixed a bug displaying the incorrect ‘Last activity’ date for forums/threads

Practitioners from Scottish agencies

  • Fixed a bug preventing practitioners from Scottish agencies from seeing families outside of Scotland

Release 1.15.2

Release date: April 24th 2019

All users

  • Fixed a bug with announcements displaying for incorrect user types

Adopters

Link Maker is working in partnership with Adoption UK to provide Adoption UK community features that are now live on the site. These features are an expansion of our current community features for adopters.

The newly branded Adoption UK community features include an extensive community forum moderated by the Adoption UK team, and the continued ability to advertise play dates and chat with other verified adopters.

We hope that this partnership will increase the number of community users and therefore expand the insight and resources shared within the community on Link Maker.

  • Fixed a bug on the ‘Finding children’ and ‘Interest & discussions’ pages for families
  • Fixed a bug preventing families from creating an account

Adoption UK community and community users

  • We have added a ‘View archive’ button to the internal Adoption UK public forum page, this will open a view of the Adoption UK forum archive in a new window
  • We have made the LA/agency contact name/email an optional field when registering for access to the full Adoption UK community features
  • Fixed a bug preventing users from replying to topics
  • Fixed a bug preventing existing community users from accessing the community chat
  • Fixed a bug on the Adoption UK home description
  • Fixed a bug displaying the incorrect banner message on the Adoption UK archive
  • Fixed a bug preventing users from adding their Adoption UK membership details  

Release 1.15.1

Release date: March 7th 2019

All users

  • Fixed a bug preventing users from commenting on a Q&A post.
  • Fixed a bug preventing users from using Chat.

Adopters

  • Fixed a bug that was displaying an incorrect message for adopters in the approval process on the settings page, relating to their profile being hidden.

Practitioners involved in adoption 

  • Fixed a bug that was limiting the characters entered on the personality section of a sibling group adoption profile.
  • Fixed a bug preventing family profiles appearing on the search page when their availability was set to consortium, RAA or a national register.
  • Fixed a bug preventing users from commenting on a Q&A post.
  • Fixed a bug preventing users from using Chat.


Release 1.15.0

Release date: March 6th 2019

All users

We are continuing to improve the accessibility of the site to a WCAG 2.1 AA standard. Our improvements include:

  • A ‘Skip to content’ button on all pagesUse of accessible colours across the site
  • Enhanced keyboard focus
  • Accessible versions of graphical information
  • New accessible forms

Adopters and practitioners involved in adoption

  • All practitioners can now edit the profiles of adopters within their agency; adopters can also still edit their own profiles. The ability for an adopter to grant profile editing permissions to one user at a time has been removed.

Adoption Register Wales

Link Maker now provides the online platform for Adoption Register Wales, enabling social workers and adopters in Welsh agencies to work together to identify matches for children efficiently and securely. This includes the following features:

  • Branded Adoption Register Wales pages for users in Welsh agencies, including a resource board and forum
  • Site language option of either Welsh or English
  • Email communications sent to users in both Welsh and English
  • Process for practitioners in Welsh agencies to create a dual language profiles in Welsh and English

Release 1.14.6

Release date: February 12th 2019

All practitioners

  • Added the functionality to select a postcode district as an exclusion zone.

Practitioners involved in adoption

  • Added a new field to child adoption profiles, allowing practitioners to indicate when a child is in the care of a different local authority. This information is only viewable by practitioners within your la/agency or regional adoption agency.  
  • Added a new field to child adoption profiles, allowing practitioners to record the date a child first entered care. This information is only viewable by practitioners within your la/agency or regional adoption agency.  
  • An adopter profile, without a profile photo, can now be made available internally within your organisation or regional adoption agency. You are still unable to make the profile available to social workers everywhere until a photo has been added.

Release 1.14.5

Release date: January 31st 2019

All users

  • Our new ISO270001 certificate has been uploaded to the site
  • Improved the background process of merging agencies  
  • Fied a bug with our Google Maps integration/display  
  • Fixed a bug with the display of multi-page documents

Adopters

  • Fixed a bug preventing adopters from viewing their past enquiries

Practitioners

  • Added new fields to the profile data export for commissioning families
  • Fixed a bug preventing child practitioners within the same agency as the family in an enquiry from starting discussions
  • Fixed a bug with our outstanding action emails

Managers

  • Added the ability to transfer a case from one organisation to another. The ability to do this is restricted to managing practitioners and requires the receiving agency to accept the case. 

Release 1.14.4

Release date: December 3rd 2018

All users

  • Added information to the external pages detailing our partnership with Scotland’s Adoption Register
  • Made changes to the ‘Terms of service’ and ‘Privacy policy
  • Added help text to the ‘Visual impairment’ field for all profiles
  • Improved background case deletion processes
  • Improved background processes, including software updates and vulnerability scans
  • Fixed a bug preventing users from ending discussions
  • Fixed a bug preventing users from sending documents within a discussion
  • Fixed a bug preventing users from accessing their past discussions

All practitioners

  • Improved the design of the new filters on the ‘Cases’ page
  • Fixed a bug preventing practitioners connecting to adopters from their organisation
  • Fixed a bug preventing practitioners from sharing adopter cases with other practitioners from their organisation
  • Fixed a bug displaying incorrect banners on profiles

Adopters

  • Fixed a bug preventing adopters from connecting to a social worker from their agency
  • Fixed a bug with incorrect wording in an automatic email to adopters
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