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Managing Family Time for Infants in Early Permanence Placements

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.


Details

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.


Instructions

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

If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at info@cvaa.org.uk. We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

CVAA accept online payments only. In case you do not have instant access to your company card, we suggest using your personal card instead to book a training event and claim it back with your agency in your expenses. Requesting an invoice to pay for our standard practice events is not possible.

Concurrent Planning to Early Permanence: Less Moves and Disruption for Young Children

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, designated teachers, and other professionals working with children and families.


Details

Early permanence placements are complex and need careful planning from the recruitment of adopters through to the placement of a child. Each placement is unique and shapes how we continually adapt our practice.

In this practice session, together with Practice Managers Kate Knowles and Julie Hogan, we will explore some of the issues regarding Concurrent Planning PlacementsRuth Copson will share her research that is currently being undertaken into family time for Children in Early Permanence Placements and in particular some of the lived experiences of parents.

Julie and Kate will go on to explore some of the good experiences regarding family time in the service, along with a discussion of developments and challenges within the service.   We will round up the session with sharing some helpful hints and tips to take away.

 “Hearing about the benefits of early permanency, what works well, what hasn’t worked and the sharing of this learning which would be useful for us in Wales to consider as we are in the early stages of considering Early Permanency as practice. I was impressed with the delivery which came from practitioners own experience” – Attendee, June 2022

The Concurrent Planning service is a joint service run by Caritas Care and Adoption Matters. Since its inception in 2014 they have placed over 180 children in concurrent planning placements across the North West. They have also been involved in the rehabilitation of 17 children to birth parents or family members. There has been a lot of learning on the way and this continues to be the case. This event will consider lessons learnt and good practice of Family time for concurrent planning placements. This knowledge has been gained from supporting carers over the past eight years.

“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 trainers

Kate Knowles, Julie Hogan & Ruth Copson

Kate 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 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 is currently a Practice Manager within the Concurrent Planning Service.

Ruth is currently a doctoral researcher of East Anglia undertaking a PhD. Her current research is looking at the time that parents spend with their children when they live with Early Permanence carers.


Instructions

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

If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at info@cvaa.org.uk. We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

CVAA accept online payments only. In case you do not have instant access to your company card, we suggest using your personal card instead to book a training event and claim it back with your agency in your expenses. Requesting an invoice to pay for our standard practice events is not possible.