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Child Permanence Report

What is a Child Permanence Report (CPR)?

A Child Permanence Report is a comprehensive document prepared by an Independent Social Worker. The Independent Social Worker is responsible for gathering and analysing information about a child and their needs and making a recommendation about the long term care arrangements for a child.

What is the purpose of a Child Permanence Report?

A Child Permanence Report is a requirement of the Adoption Agencies Regulations 2005. It is the document that is presented to an Adoption/Fostering panel to enable a decision to be made about whether it is in a child’s best interests to be placed for adoption or with long term foster carers.

Adopters, foster carers, fostering Social Workers and children rely on Child Permanence Report’s to provide them with detailed and accurate information about a child’s life history and the reasons why a child has not been able to remain in their birth family.

What is the process?

Avocet will gather information from Local Authority case files, the allocated Social Worker and foster carers, wider family and expert assessments. Where appropriate a fostering Social Worker will meet with the child to ascertain their wishes and feelings and the child’s parents. Avocet endeavours to ensure all the relevant people have an opportunity to contribute to the Child Permanence Report and to work sensitively with all those involved.

Timescale

Avocet aim to have a Child Permanence Report completed and ready for presentation at a best interest panel in 8 weeks.

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