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Title The role of concurrent planning. Making permanent placements for young children
Author MONCK Elizabeth; REYNOLDS Jill; WIGFALL Valerie
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Date published/issue 00-00-2003
Date received 00-00-0000
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Editor BAAF
Publisher BAAF Skyline House 200 Union street London SE1
Page 322
Price 14.95£
ISBN 1 903699 23 1
Type of material Book
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Index Family-origin
Free text This study provides an independent evaluation of the first innovative child-centred, concurrent planning programmes intro-duced into England, first by Manchester Adoption Society in 1998 and afterwards by Coram Family (London), Brighton and Hove Social Services. It seeks to find out whether concurrent planning for children can address concerns about delay, multiple moves and children drifting in care. With origins in Seattle, USA, in the early 1980s, concurrent planning aimed to speed up the placement of children into permanent families, either birth or substitute families, and to reduce overall the time they spent in temporary care. While not seen as a perfect solution to the problems around placement of children in care, concurrent planning put the child's needs at the centre of social work decision-making, and in doing so, ensured permanent placements for the children in timescales significantly shorter than average. Starting with no preconceptions about the likely outcomes of its introduction to the UK, evidence from this study supports the advantages of using the concurrent planning approach to child care placement. The researchers conclude that it may require a shift in the attitudes of many of the professionals involved in determining permanent care if it is to contribute to optimising the life chances of looked after young children.

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