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Completing a child's permanence report


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This guide is designed to help social workers to manage and complete a comprehensive and evidence-based permanence report for a looked after child. It is to be used by assessing social workers to complete a Child’s Permanence Report using the CoramBAAF Form CPR (for England).

The guide looks at Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the form, along with Section C, which pull together information about the child; possible contact arrangements with the child and birth family members or other significant people; and a summary of the actions of the adoption agency, along with recommendations on the merits of different orders and future contact.

Each section of the guide presents a list of trigger questions that can facilitate further discussion, and reminders of which details should be included in the report.

Who is this book for?

All those involved in completing child permanence reports. The guide will be of particular use to those who are new to the task.

What you will find in this book

Logically structured and very accessibly presented, this guide:

  • assists the supervising social worker in collecting the information necessary to complete a comprehensive Form FR review
  • considers best practice in working with foster carers, children and young people, and others throughout the review process
  • prompts the worker to analyse the informant they have collected with regard to its significance and importance


Elaine Dibben has over 20 years’ experience of working in adoption and fostering in local authority and voluntary adoption agency settings. She was manager of the Independent Review Mechanism, which she set up, until taking on a role in BAAF as a trainer consultant. She is now CoramBAAF’s Adoption Development Consultant alongside acting as a panel chair for both adoption and fostering panels.