Understanding Early Permanence Adoption Services

Project Dates

June 2019 - June 2020


Barnardos, Caritas Care and Adoption Matters

Project Summary

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.

Research Team

Claire Mason (Principal Investigator)

Rebecca Brown (lead researcher)


For further details contact Rebecca Brown (r.brown14@lancaster.ac.uk)

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