photo of family of 4 smiling to help achieve permanency

This course considers what is meant by permanency and the impact on outcomes for children and young people. The various options of achieving permanency are explained and the differences between these options explained.

What is Permanence? What does Permanency mean?

The practice of foster carers adopting the children for whom they care is not unusual, in fact evidence would suggest that approximately 10% of adoptions within England and Wales fall into this category. However, it remains a difficult area of practice and raises many concerns and anxieties for social workers and foster carers alike. This course will consider some of the issues involved in the process and will provide case studies, checklists, advice and guidance for both practitioners and foster families.

It is important to note that all adoption practice in England and Wales is governed by the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and that practitioners should be familiar with Statutory Guidance (2015) surrounding the assessment and approval of adopters, the regulations relating to linking and matching children for whom adoption is the Care Plan, and the significance of post adoption support. It is of crucial importance that foster carers considering adopting the child or children in their care understand what will be required in terms of assessment as adopters and that they are clear about the levels of post adoption support they and their child will be entitled to.

Eligibility criteria for carers wishing to adopt is introduced, processes that must be followed, roles and responsibilities associated with adoption and what happens if the adoption goes ahead.

Permanency means giving a young person a sense of safety, stability and a clear sense of belonging. For children, it means that they understand who they will be living with and who will be caring for them for the rest of their childhood.

About the course

Written by:

Viv Howarth

What it covers:

This course covers the following topics:

  • considering what is meant by the term ‘permanency’
  • exploring different legal options of achieving permanency for looked after children
  • exploring how foster carers can become permanent families for children and young people
  • considering the differences between adopting the child in your care, becoming Special Guardians for that child or remaining permanent foster carers.



This course meets the Training, Support and Development Standards as outlined in The Fostering Services (England) Regulations (2011).

More information on Permanence

If you would like to take the Permanence e-learning course, find out more information or enquire about the face-to-face version of this course, please fill in our form and we’ll call you back.

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Learning outcomes

  • To provide foster carers considering permanence for children in their care with information, guidance and advice on the best options available to them
  • To give an overview of legal differences in permanence options
  • To provide carers with an opportunity to reflect on how the various permanency options might impact on the child or young person
  • To consider the implications for carer’s extended family

Course rating

What a great course! It really helped clarify my thinking and gave me a basis to discuss options with my family

Foster Care, Aberdeen
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