Case study - Practice Development Programmes

We developed three workshops around planning permanence with children and families for a local South West authority.

A local South West authority identified a need around planning permanence with children and families. According to the evidence, permanence planning is about having a family for life and a sense of belonging and connectedness. This principle is more important that any particular placement type, and this local authority was interested in exploring how it could positively affect decision-making around permanence.

At Research in Practice, we developed three workshops around different themes for the organisation. The first set out the foundations for permanence planning, setting out the context, policy, and law; the second considered analytical decision-making for permanence; and the third worked with issues of care planning, contact, and life story work.

These three workshops were designed so that delegates could attend them in any order, and did not have to stay in one designated cohort. This was particularly at the request of the organisation, in order to maximise attendance and in recognition of the very busy working lives of social workers.

All the workshops were interactive and evidence-informed, and went through a peer reviewing process. They included video material alongside presentations, case studies, discussions, and practical tools.

The workshops were very positively received. In particular, the Practice Development Programme’s relevance to the organisation’s priorities around permanence was appreciated, deepening and broadening knowledge around the topic. The feedback was that the workshops were thought-provoking, confidence-building, and outcome-focused from us around permanence.