Permanently Progressing? Building secure futures for children in Scotland

Permanently Progressing? – Building secure futures for children in Scotland is a ground-breaking research study conducted by the Universities of Stirling, York and Lancaster, in collaboration with the Adoption and Fostering Alliance (AFA) Scotland

Every year, thousands of children in Scotland become ‘looked after’ at home or ‘looked after and accommodated’ away from home. Many remain with or return to parents, but some will live with kinship carers, foster carers or adoptive parents. This project investigated decision-making, permanence, progress, outcomes and belonging for a large cohort (1,836) of children in Scotland who became looked after in 2012-13, aged five or under. It is intended to become a longitudinal project following the children into adolescence and beyond.

The team at the University of Stirling is led by Dr Helen Whincup (PI) and includes Dr Margaret Grant (Research Fellow) and Jade Hooper(Research Assistant), working with Professor Nina Biehal (co-PI, University of York) and Dr Linda Cusworth (co-investigator, Lancaster University).

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