Understanding Early Permanence Adoption Services
June 2019 - June 2020
Barnardos, Caritas Care and Adoption Matters
The Centre for Child and Family Justice Research has been commissioned to undertake a small-scale mixed methods research study by a consortium of agencies (Barnardos, Caritas Care and Adoption Matters) delivering early permanence services in three areas of England (The North West, Yorkshire and Humber, and Staffordshire/Stoke).
The following research questions underpin the study:
- What national and regional data exists relating to outcome indicators for early permanence?
- What are the key messages from national and international research literature relating to:
- Indicators for stability in adoptive placements
- Indicators for successful return to birth families for babies and young children
- Child outcome indicators relating to health and wellbeing from adoption and for children rehabilitated to birth families from care?
- In what ways might these indicators be helpful in the development and delivery of early permanence projects?
- What is understood about differences and similarities between Concurrent Planning and Fostering to Adopt in policy, practice and research and in what ways are these differences evident in practice delivery?
- What are adopters’ experiences of early permanence?
The findings from this study will inform both current early permanence practice and development. It is also hoped that this small-scale mixed methods study will form the first stage of a larger-scale research project, should future funding be secured.
The project will report in June 2020.
Claire Mason (Principal Investigator)
Rebecca Brown (lead researcher)
For further details contact Rebecca Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org)