Permanency Planning

Permanency planning is the process of assessing and preparing a child for long term care when in out-of-home placements such as kinship, foster care or institutions. A care plan must centre on what is in the child’s best interests, and therefore requires an ongoing assessment of the child and her needs. A guardian may be appointed as a further protection of a child’s rights. 

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Better Care Network,

Comprised of 12 videos and accompanying discussion guides, this video series features the learning from practitioners working across a range of care-related programs and practices in Cambodia.

Better Care Network,

This video shares insights from the Angkor Hospital for Children social work unit’s key learning around what leads to abandonment, how to work with families to identify and solve underlying issues, how to engage and communicate with families and how to identify risk indicators for abandonment.

Lisa Moran, Caroline McGregor, Carmel Devaney - Qualitative Social Work,

This paper focuses on qualitative findings on how young people in long-term foster care in Ireland interpret permanence and stability.

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action Case Management Task Force,

These Case Management Minimum Indicators provide measurable benchmarks to assess the quality of case management in humanitarian crises.

Elsbeth Neil, Lisanne Gitsels, June Thobur - Children and Youth Services Review,

This paper explores the usefulness of undertaking a longitudinal analysis of administrative data on children in care at local authority level to determine the care pathways for children entering care, differentiating by age at entry.

Peter Appleton - Qualitative Social Work,

This theoretical paper focuses on early-stage planning in young adults in transition from out-of-home care in the UK.

National Commission for Children, UNICEF, USAID,

This case study profiles the reintegration experiences of one child who has participated in the Tubarerere Mu Muryango (Let’s Raise Children in Families - TMM) programme in Rwanda.

John Simmonds, Judith Harwin, Rebecca Brown & Karen Broadhurst - Nuffield Family Justice Observatory & CoramBAAF,

This rapid evidence review is intended to contribute to the drafting of authoritative guidance to assist courts in the UK in making Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) and to help inform decision-making by frontline practitioners.

Loring Jones - Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services,

This review examines the legislative history leading up to extended care, the research on youth leaving foster care, youth preferences for extended care, the competition of extended care with permanency options, and the effects of extended foster care on transition-age youth.

Helen Whincup, Maggie Grant, Cheryl Burgess, Nina Biehal - Universities of Stirling, York, and Lancaster in collaboration with Adoption and Fostering Alliance (AFA) Scotland,

The Decision making for children report is one strand of the Permanently Progressing? study. In this strand, during 2015-17, 160 decision makers were interviewed across Scotland mainly in groups, but some individually.