CVAA Practice Event: Exploring Early Permanency, January 2018

Wednesday 7 February 2018

This January CVAA were delighted to be at SSAFA’s London offices exploring early permanency for our final PIF funded Practice Excellence event.

We looked at what the data tells us about timelines and the effect of the introduction of early permanence (EP) schemes. Elaine Dibben, CoramBAAF, provided a background to EP and a national perspective across LAs, and our Keynote speaker, Dr Graham Music, the Tavistock and Portman Trust, spoke about early attachment and brain development. Graham urged that permanency be seen not as structure but a state of mind and confirmed the importance of stability and therefore the value of EP services.

CVAA member agencies provided insight into their own early permanence work. Each focused on a particular element of their service so practitioners learnt about the challenges likely to be faced when developing EP schemes, working with local authorities, supporting EP carers, and what the data tells us about the demographics of those carers. We heard from Adoption Focus, Barnardo’s, CCS, Coram, Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption, Family Care Society and the North West Concurrent Planning Service, jointly pioneered by Adoption Matters and Caritas Care. Using the Theory of Change tool CVAA practice expert Chris Smith then helped practitioners reflect on how to most effectively describe the rationale, evidence base and impact of their Early Permanence work.

CVAA members can find resources relating to presentations from the day by logging in here. We are very grateful for the enthusiasm of all those who have attended this series of Practice Excellence Events. Please look out for more information coming soon about our Practice workshops and events planned for 2018.