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.
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:
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).
Contact: Dr Maggie Grant firstname.lastname@example.org