For National Adoption Week, we have brought together Research in Practice learning resources to support adoption, placement, permanence and contact.
Achieving lasting permanence requires a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities for all the adults involved, with children and young people’s views and welfare at the centre of the process.
The type and frequency of contact a child has with their birth family also needs careful consideration and planning. Our open access contact after adoption website provides resources for practitioners in making evidence-informed post-adoption contact plans and supporting birth relatives and adopters through contact and planning for their child.
Achieving stability requires a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities that the children, young people, adults and families involved face. See more Research in Practice resources on placement, permanence and working with birth families.
- Brothers and sisters in public law proceedings: assessment, placement, permanence and contact: Recorded webinar
- Brothers and sisters in public law proceedings: assessment, placement, permanance and contact: Frontline Briefing
- Comparing placement options to meet children and young people's current and future needs: Strategic Briefing
- Developing virtual support for kinship carers: Views
- Working with recurrent care-experienced birth mothers: Online resources
- Working with recurrent care-experienced birth mothers: Resource Pack
Contact with a birth family is an important consideration within care proceedings. Balancing potential benefits against challenges and risks, whilst being attentive to the views, wishes and feelings of the child or young person are central to this. See more Research in Practice resources on contact.
- Building and maintaining relationships between brothers and sisters: Views
- Contact during lockdown – working with parents who have had children removed from their care: Views
- Digital family contact time: sharing and building knowledge: Recorded webinar
- Parent-infant contact in the pandemic: Shared learning
- Supporting the mental health of infants in care during the pandemic: Views
- Virtual contact between children and their birth families during ‘lockdown’: unexpected opportunities: Views
The term ‘child in care’ refers to a child or young person who may be cared for within a residential setting or by foster carers. Key to this topic is the quality and stability of the placement, alongside robust planning for the time of leaving care. See more Research in Practice resources on children in care.
- Listening to young people with care experience: Research report
- Commissioning children’s homes: potential improvements and reforms: Views
- How social work and child protection are being creative and helping children and families during COVID-19 and can do so beyond it: Views
- Reimagining residential children's homes - Commissioning children's homes: Potential improvements and reforms
- Reimagining residential children's homes: Placement decision-making
- Reimagining residential children's homes: Understanding the national picture
- Special guardianship: Strategic Briefing
- The use of care proceedings: Views