This course considers what is meant by permanency and the impact on outcomes for children and young people. The various options of achieving permanency are explored and the differences between these options explained.
However, it remains a difficult area of practice and raises many concerns and anxieties for social workers and foster carers alike. This course will consider some of the issues involved in the process and will provide case studies, checklists, advice and guidance for both practitioners and foster families.
It is important to note that all adoption practice in England and Wales is governed by the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and that practitioners should be familiar with Statutory Guidance (2015) surrounding the assessment and approval of adopters, the regulations relating to linking and matching children for whom adoption is the Care Plan, and the significance of post-permanency support. It is of crucial importance that carers considering adopting the child or children in their care understand what will be required in terms of assessment as permanent carers and that they are clear about the levels of support they and their child will be entitled to.
Eligibility criteria for carers wishing to adopt or offer permanence is introduced, processes that must be followed, roles and responsibilities associated with adoption and what happens if the adoption of other permanency options goes ahead.
Permanency means giving a young person a sense of safety, stability and a clear sense of belonging. For children, it means that they understand who they will be living with and who will be caring for them for the rest of their childhood.
The course will also allow learners to use reflective practice and analytical assessment to assist in making good decisions and assist carers and young people into permanence.
This course is delivered using a range of methods and resources including:
Scenarios, case studies, group discussions and small group activities.
This course has been developed and mapped to:
Putting Children first – Delivering Our Vision for Excellent Children’s Social
Care (July 2016 DfE)
Children’s Act 1989
Children and Families Act 2014
The Children’s Plan 2007
Adoption and Children Act 2002
Special Guardianship Regulations 2005
Special Guardianship(Amendment) Regulations 2015
and the following QCF unit:
Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care
The legal framework, guidance and policies underpinning permanency practice.
The role of the Social Worker within the overall requirements of permanency.
Identify and understand the types of permanency relation to children, and the best option for young people and their families.
Consolidate understanding of child-centred practice and reflection and analytical assessment.
The necessity of early intervention and the importance of appropriate planning.
The importance of developing good inter-agency relationships.
Using research and evidence to inform best practice.
Develop an evidence informed approach to the assessment of permanency.
Explain clearly and coherently what is meant by the term ‘permanency’ - considering the importance of early intervention and planning for LAC.
Indicate different legal options of achieving permanency for looked after children, understanding all routes.
Consider and then articulate the differences between adopting a child, becoming a Special Guardians for a child or remaining permanent foster carers.
Reflect on research and the implication for early intervention and permanency planning.