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Permanence – What does it Mean for Children and Young People and How can it be Achieved?

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Social workers make life changing decisions regarding where children should live and who is best placed to meet their needs to ensure that they can be cared for in a way that minimises disruption in their long-term care (permanence). There are a range of permanence options for children including returning home to live with their parents; living with extended family or friends; living in a foster family or being adopted. Making these decisions are complex with social workers required to assess and consider the competing needs of children and family members; weigh different options and manage feelings stirred up in the process. Taking place over four days, this course is for anyone involved in the process of care planning for children. It aims to develop the knowledge and skills to make robust decisions regarding children’s long-term care, ensure children’s needs are met and offers an opportunity to reflect on the impact of making these decisions on the child, their family, carers, social worker and professional network.

Please note, this is a 4 session course, and you need to attend all dates. Please discuss with the trianers if this is a problem, ie clashes with a court date.
Start Date
Monday 14 June 2021
End Date
Monday 11 October 2021
10:00 - 15:00
Learning outcomes
By the end of this course you will be able to

  • understand what permanence is and the factors that support it in children’s lives

  • identify the range of permanence options and what they mean for children

  • explore the care planning process and the roles and responsibilities of key people within this

  • know how to understand the child, their experiences, identity, relationships, voice, wishes and feelings and how this information can be used to consider which option is the right one for them

  • appreciate the significance of brothers and sisters and what they mean for decisions for children

  • hear and reflect on the perspectives of those directly affected by these decisions including parents, adopters, carers and children and young people

  • explore best practice in preparing children, their family and carers for transitions and direct work to support this 

  • understand the impact of trauma, separation and loss and what this may mean for children’s future relationships and long-term care

  • explore the factors that support children’s identity and promote belonging, stability and repair in the longer-term and how to identify and access help when children need it   

  • explore personal values, life experiences, ethical dilemmas and feelings that impact on the work

Additional information
Target Audience
Children's Services (B&HCC)
target audience
Course pre-requisites
Microsoft Teams, online learning session
Event Trainers
Zoe Rosenfield / Rebecca Watts
Pricing Bands
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