Permanence Planning

This course is suitable for social workers, particularly newly qualified social workers or those involved in permanence planning for children, i.e. practice managers, social workers, social work resource officers and community family workers.

For children in local authority care finding a stable, permanent placement is a key factor in securing positive outcomes. Children with a plan for permanence are most often living with the impact of difficult beginnings and they manage daily life with the uncertain outcome of legal proceedings. They are therefore likely to experience a range of intense and conflicting emotions throughout their journey towards permanent placement.

This introductory course equips workers with the knowledge and skills needed to arrive at clear plans for permanence, and carry out direct work with children to ensure that they are supported through the process and beyond.

Learning Outcomes of the permanence planning course: 

  1. Understand the role and responsibilities of a social worker and the needs of the child in relation to planning for permanence – thus enabling you to bring this into play when undertaking the fostering service role
  2. Recognise the significance of stability, belonging and permanence planning
  3. Describe government policy and legislation on this topic
  4. List all types of permanent placements and associated outcomes for each
  5. Be able to develop a preparation plan relevant to the child’s developmental level, interests and history
  6. Demonstrate your awareness of the skills and practical tools to help prepare children for adoption
  7. Understand the role of foster carers in supporting the adoption process
  8. Understand the skills needed to effectively work with all parties involved, including birth parents, adopters and children
  9. Recognise how the relationship based practice model of social work applies to planning for permanence

Is the permanence planning the course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

You can read more in our blog on the subject HERE.

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