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 4.0.0

Release date: May 19th 2024

Link Maker 

For Practitioners 

  • Fixed a bug where events created in Agency portals were not displaying. 
  • Added functionality so that managers of regional groups can view encrypted content for all organisations within the group. 

Release 3.6.0

Release date: March 21st 2024

Link Maker 

Family users 

  • Fixed a bug where families had selected not to receive email notifications for enquiry activity were not able to end a discussion. 

Practitioner users

  • Fixed a bug where a message sent when placing an enquiry in reserve was not showing to practitioners. 
  • Fixed a bug where using the 'family make-up' search criteria in advanced searches for families was giving incomplete results. 
  • Added an indicator on the search page for families to show if they are 'Approved' or 'In Assessment'.

Letter Swap

All users 

  • Implemented a new communication form, allowing users to attach permitted media types (images, documents, videos and voice messages) to the communication. 

Team members 

  • Implemented additional validation on the email field for adoptive and birth family members to strip out leading of trailing spaces. 
  • Fixed a bug where when Organisations were sending communication on behalf of a family member the Organisation was showing as the sender of the communication. 

Release 3.5.0

Release date: February 9th 2024

Link Maker

All users

A reason of 'Early-permanence placement' has been added to the options when deleting a profile as matched elsewhere.

ARW

Option of 'none' in relation to  contact/maintaining relationships has been removed for families.

Release 3.4.0

Release date: January 18th 2024

Link Maker

All users

  • Nationality’ added to both sibling-group and family profiles. This includes filters under ‘Advanced Search’ on the Children and Adopters search pages, and in profile alerts. ‘Nationality’ fields have also been added to profile data exports.
  • On adopter profile under Heath and Development, ‘Further details’ is now a required field when ‘Would discuss’ , ‘Willing’ or ‘Particularly able’ is selected.
  • Added functionality to allow users to ‘Acknowledge’ and expression of interest. ‘Acknowledging’ an expression of interest will send an email acknowledgement to the opposite party advising them you will commit to a response within 28 days of the expression of interest.
  • Added functionality to allow an ‘Urgent’ message to be sent when sending a message or expressing interest on behalf of a sibling group looking for an ‘Early Permanence’ placement.
  • Fixed a bug where when editing a thumbnail image the details were not always saved.

Letter Swap

Families

  • Functionality introduced to notify families when a communication has been approved by an organisation.

Release 3.3.0

Release date: November 16th 2023

Link Maker

All users

  • Upgraded existing profile videos to new improved format.

Release 3.2.0

Release date: October 31st 2023

Link Maker

Families

  • Fixed a bug where in some instances Early Permanence was not an option for some families at registration. All Practitioners
  • Fixed a bug where, within an enquiry, when the child and family were from the same organisation practitioners were not receiving notifications for new messages and documents.

Letter Swap

All users

  • Functionality added to allow users to receive SMS text alerts in addition to email.
  • Fixed a bug where a saved draft was incorrectly showing as the last activity on a letterbox. Team members
  • ‘Settling In’ communication added.

Release 3.1.1

Release date: October 12th 2023

Link Maker

All users

  • Fixed a bug that prevented saving changes when editing a profile picture.
  • Fixed a bug where users were not able to set main profile picture.

All practitioners

  • Enhancements have been made to the ‘hidden’ profile reasons for both sibling-groups and families making the reasons more specific. Appropriate changes have been made to the waiting filter.
  • Implemented changes to allow Regional Group managers to make changes to ‘national access’ levels for families.

For practitioners at ARW

  • The hidden reason of ‘On hold: other’ has been removed for sibling-groups.

Letter Swap

All users

Implemented functionality for messaging allowing users to create bold and italic text, add links and emojis.

Team members

  • Implemented a confirmation screen after the creation of a letterbox allowing team members to double check the details of adoptive families and birth family members to ensure no mistakes have been made during entry.
  • Fixed a bug where in certain circumstances the communications in a letterbox were not visible to team members.

Release 3.0.0

Release date: September 28th 2023

Link Maker Platform

  • Implemented changes to the Link Maker infrastructure in order to enable auto-scaling, allow us to scale our servers to meet demand, improving the overall user-experience.
  • Implemented improvements to the process for uploading, transcoding, and encrypting media on the platform to increase performance.

Release 2.13.0

Release date: July 10th 2023

Link Maker

All users

• Fixed an issue where profile videos were not playing.

Practitioners

  •  Fixed a bug where managers could unassign the practitioners on a sibling-group case when they were the only practitioner assigned.
  • Implemented a change, so that a case can only be made inactive if all the profiles on a case have been deleted.
  • Fixed a error where families were receiving message notifications for communications sent in a pre-enquiry message.
  • Fixed an error where dependant fields where not displaying on the family sougnt page on sibling-groups profiles.
  • Fixed an error viewing the activity page for some sibling-group cases.
  • Fixed an error assigning practitioners to a case.

Letter Swap

All users

• Added functionality to allow users up upload video and record voice messages within a letterbox.

Team members

• Fixed a bug where resending invitations to adoptive or birth family members did not result in an email being sent.

Release 2.12.0

Release date: June 1st 2023

Link Maker 

  • Fixed a bug where verified users could not join a video room.