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Permanently Progressing? – Building secure futures for children in Scotland

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Stirling Court Hotel

University of Stirling

Stirling

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Permanently Progressing? – Building secure futures for children in Scotland

19th September 2018

On Wednesday 19th September 2018, University of Stirling will host an exciting one day event at Stirling Court Hotel to present key findings from the first phase of the study. The day will include presentations on:

  • Children’s experiences – what promotes feelings of security?
  • Kinship carers/foster carers/adoptive parents - what helps them to help children?
  • How are decisions made and in what timescales?
  • How are children in kinship care/foster care/with adoptive parents faring in relation to relationships, health, and educational progress 3-4 years after they become accommodated?

Scotland’s Poet Laureate, Jackie Kay, author of The Adoption Papers’, and alumnus of the University of Stirling, and Fiona Duncan, Chair of the Independent Care Review, will contribute to the day.

Our findings draw on data from Children Looked After Statistics (CLAS) for 1,836 children, interviews/focus groups with 160 decision makers, questionnaires completed by carers/adoptive parents and professionals on 643 children, and interviews with 10 children and 20 carers/adoptive parents. For the first time, anonymised data held by Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) and data from CLAS has been linked and analysed to build a fuller picture of the children in this cohort.

About the Permanently Progressing? study

Permanently Progressing?Building secure futures for children in Scotland is a ground-breaking research study conducted by the Universities of Stirling, York and Lancaster, in collaboration with the Adoption and Fostering Alliance (AFA) Scotland.

Every year, thousands of children in Scotland become ‘looked after’ at home or ‘looked after and accommodated’ away from home. Many remain with or return to parents, but some will live with kinship carers, foster carers or adoptive parents. This project investigated decision-making, permanence, progress, outcomes and belonging for a large cohort (1,836) of children in Scotland who became looked after in 2012-13, aged five or under. It is intended to become a longitudinal project following the children into adolescence and beyond.

The team at University of Stirling is led by Dr Helen Whincup (PI) and includes Dr Margaret Grant (Research Fellow) and Jade Hooper (Research Assistant), working with Professor Nina Biehal (co-PI, University of York) and Dr Linda Cusworth (co-investigator, Lancaster University).

Find out more

Website: https://www.stir.ac.uk/ccwp/research/permanently-progressing/

Twitter: @PermProg

Contact: Dr Maggie Grant – margaret.grant@stir.ac.uk




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