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Permanently Progressing? Building secure futures for children in Scotland

19 Sep 2018, 9.00AM–5.00PM
Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling

On Wednesday 19th September 2018, the University of Stirling will host an exciting one day event at Stirling Court Hotel to present the key findings from the first stage of the Permanently Progressing? study (details below). These will contribute to policy, practice and research in Scotland, across the UK and internationally. The day is aimed at practitioners, decision makers, policy makers, researchers/academics and adoptive parents/carers.

Scotland’s Poet Laureate, Jackie Kay, author of ‘The Adoption Papers’, and alumnus of the University of Stirling will also contribute to the day.

About the Permanently Progressing? study

Permanently Progressing? – Building secure futures for children in Scotland is a ground breaking research study run jointly by the University of Stirling and the University of York, in collaboration with the Adoption and Fostering Alliance (AFA) Scotland. The first stage of the research will be completed this year, as part of a planned longitudinal study to follow a cohort of children in Scotland as they grow up.

Every year, several thousand children in Scotland become ‘looked after’ at home or ‘looked after and accommodated’ in foster care, residential placements or with relatives due to concerns about their welfare. While many return to their parents, for some the decision is taken to permanently place them with adoptive parents, foster carers or kinship carers. Since 2014, the Permanently Progressing? study has been following a large cohort (1836) of young children in Scotland who became ‘looked after’ or ‘looked after and accommodated’ in 2012-13, when they were five or under. The study draws on quantitative and qualitative data from Children Looked After Statistics (CLAS), interviews with 160 decision makers, questionnaires completed by adoptive parents/carers and professionals on a sub-sample of 643 children, and interviews with 20 adoptive parents/carers and 10 children. It considers:

  • How are decisions made?
  • What promotes feelings of belonging?
  • How do children fare in relation to their relationships, health, and educational progress?

The team is led by Dr Helen Whincup (PI) and includes Dr Andressa Gadda, Dr Margaret Grant, Jade Hooper, Dr Marina Shapira, Dr Sarah Wilson working with Professor Nina Biehal (co-PI University of York) and Dr Linda Cusworth (University of Lancaster).

Find out more

Permanently Progressing?

Twitter: @PermProg

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

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