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Permanence is about providing the child with a sense of security, continuity commitment and identity …. a secure stable and loving family to support them through childhood and beyond.’ (DCSF 2010). The right of every child to belong to a family is underpinned by the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Children Act 1989 states wherever possible a child should be brought up within their own family, the ‘Ideal family’ being birth parents or members of their extended family, the permanency planning process will explore all the options thoroughly.

Who is Permanency Planning aimed at?

Children's Social Work practitioners

Course Length

1 day

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the developments in the legal framework for permanence planning for children.
  • Apply research in relation to permanence planning and specifically in assessing the type and levels of contact between children involved in the permanence planning process and the significant people in their lives
  • Analyse the voice of the child and how the views of children influence the permanence planning process to maximise the outcomes for the child.
  • Evaluate the importance of the Child’s Permanence Report containing an analysis of the arguments for and against each permanence option and a fully reasoned recommendation as stated in Re B-S.


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