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Early Permanence and Concurrent Planning: Professional Perspectives and Practice Reflections

23 June, 2022 at 10:00am - 1:30pm


Practice session co-delivered with Concurrent Planning Service

3.5 hrs
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Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies and Local Authorities) and Independent Professionals.


Early permanence placements are complex and need careful planning from the recruitment of adopters through to the placement of a child. A range of professionals are involved and every early permanence assessment and placement is a learning experience for those involved. Each placement is unique and shapes how we continually adapt our practice.

In this practice session, together with senior adoption practitioners Kate Knowles and Julie Hogan, we will explore the statistics of children placed and the referral process for children. Then we will move onto placements and contact and discuss some of the challenges. We will round up the session with sharing some helpful hints and tips to take away.

“A very interesting and enjoyable course. It was very useful to hear about the practices of other agencies and I thought both Kate and Julie were excellent presenters.” – Attendee, June 2021

The Concurrent Planning service is a joint service run by Caritas Care and Adoption Matters. Since its inception in 2014 they have placed over 150 children in concurrent planning placements across the North West. They have also been involved in the rehabilitation of 14 children to birth parents or family members. There has been a lot of learning on the way and this continues to be the case.

“I liked how the challenges of early permanence was highlighted and discussed including pointers to help in overcoming these. I also liked the videos as it brought the differing perspectives to life. It was very practical and gave a sense of the reality of the benefits and challenges!” – Attendee, June 2021
We are really looking forward to sharing what Concurrent Planning Service have learnt about what works well alongside the challenges they have experienced.

Learning outcomes

  • Learning from effective assessments and the qualities we are looking for from our carers
  • Effective supporting of carers
  • Lessons learnt from working with the Local Authorities, referrals and the type of backgrounds of children that are placed by the service
  • Reflecting on the learning from our rehabilitations that have taken place

About the trainer

Kate Knowles qualified as a social worker in 2003 after working for several years with homeless women and children. Kate has experience of children and families social work, working in the fostering service at Caritas Care for 12 years and developing specialist scheme for older children seeking permanence of adoption via a fostering route. Kate was involved in the early stages of setting up the Concurrent Planning Service since 2013, a joint service between Caritas Care and adoption Matters, undertaking the role of Team Manager in March 2016. Kate has been a passionate advocate of concurrent planning and believes strongly in the value that it has for early permanence within the care system.

Julie Hogan qualified as a social worker in 1999 and has over 20 years’ experience of children and families social work ranging from safeguarding, family support and adoption. Julie has prior experience of concurrent planning; having previously been employed by Manchester Adoption Society within the Goodman Team (Concurrent Planning).  Julie has always been passionate about concurrent planning and achieving early permanence for children and as a result joined Adoption Matters to work within Concurrent Planning Service in January 2015.   Julie became a Team Manager within the Concurrent Planning Service in March 2016.


A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

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