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Managing Family Time in Early Permanence Placements

9 July, 2024 at 10:00am - 4:00pm


Evidence based seminar co-delivered with Ruth Copson, Associate Tutor and PhD researcher from the University of East Anglia

6 hrs
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Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers and other professionals working with children and families.


Infancy is a critical period for bonding and attachment formation, particularly for children in early permanence placements. Managing family time effectively during this phase is vital for fostering secure attachments and promoting healthy development.

“Hearing about the research was really useful. It unpacked how Family Time is for all participants and gave examples of ways it can be made more manageable for all concerned” – Attendee, 2023

This evidence seminar will explore strategies, challenges, and best practices in managing family time to create nurturing and supportive environments for infants in early permanence placements.

“It certainly stretched my thinking about Family Time – particularly the different agendas those involved may have that aren’t always articulated.” – Attendee, 2023

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the importance of family time in early permanence placements
  • Building secure attachments with infants in care
  • Addressing challenges and barriers in managing family time
  • Implementing trauma-informed approaches
  • Promoting positive interactions and developmental support

About the trainer

Ruth Copson

Ruth is an Associate Tutor and PhD researcher in the School of Social Work. Her research focuses on two aspects of social work practice – Early Permanence (aka ‘Fostering for Adoption’ or ‘Concurrency’), where a baby is temporarily fostered by prospective adopters who may go on to adopt them, and supervised contact (or ‘Family Time’). This is the time that a baby spends with their birth parents during care proceedings, usually in a contact centre supervised by a professional. Contact takes place for the majority of children in care and Ruth’s research aims to offer a unique insight into how this contact is managed and experienced by all those involved, including birth parents. She has a particular interest in using observational methods to glean a greater understanding into infants’ experiences of contact.

Ruth qualified as a social worker in 2011 after completing an MA in Social Work at the University of East Anglia. After initially working in a child protection team, she moved to Norfolk Adoption Service in 2013 where she took a lead role in the Fostering for Adoption scheme. Before commencing her PhD, Ruth worked for a Voluntary Adoption Agency in London. Alongside practising as a social worker, Ruth completed an MA in Advanced Social Work in 2018, undertaking a small scale research project on Fostering for Adoption carers’ relationships with birth parents. She currently works part time as an Independent Social Worker, specialising in adoption.


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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