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Completing a child's permanence report

| Elaine Dibben with Lyn Bugarski, Nicky Probert and Julia Wilson

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).

Dogs and pets in fostering and adoption

| Paul Adams

This Good Practice Guide has been developed alongside assessment forms for dogs and other pets, and provides advice on completing these forms, with samples included for guidance. It will be helpful in assisting fostering services and adoption agencies to develop carefully considered, logical and proportionate policies in relation to dogs and other pets.

Making good assessments

| Pat Beesley

Preparing and assessing potential adopters and permanent foster carers is key to a successful placement. This authoritative guide will enable family placement workers to approach their assessments with greater confidence. It will ensure that they address key areas, embrace a holistic approach, and attain high standards.

PN 40. Undertaking competence assessments


This Practice Note provides an introduction to the competence component of Form F. Please note that this does not relate to any of the current editions of Form F, though the sections relating to competences have not changed greatly.

PN 60. Undertaking overseas checks in fostering and adoption assessments

| CoramBAAF

Applicants to foster or adopt will sometimes have lived or spent significant periods of their life overseas, and may have been born abroad and lived the majority of their lives outside the UK. For fostering services and adoption agencies, this can mean that Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are of limited value, and raise the question of undertaking overseas checks. This Practice Note provides information and guidance.

PN 61. Home safety checks in fostering and adoption

| CoramBAAF

Accidental injuries are one of the most common causes of death in children over one year of age, and every year they leave many thousands disabled or disfigured (RoSPA, 2016), but this is not inevitable. It is important for foster carers, adopters and social workers to understand that ‘accidents are predictable and frequently preventable’ (Hayes et al, 2014). This Practice Note provides information and guidance.

PN69. Assessing and supporting transgender foster carers and adopters

| Claire Brown, Charlotte Andrew and Paul Adams

This Practice Note has been written to assist practitioners who are assessing transgender applicants in the UK who wish to foster or adopt, and to help fostering services and adoption agencies to work in a way that encourages and values applications from this group of people.