The course will consider the importance of the Permanency Planning Meeting and reflect on the benefits of having it convened at the earliest appropriate opportunity in order to maximise outcomes. Research indicates that greater attention needs to be given during the transition both in and out of care and when managing any move for a child and young person. The course considers who should be consulted during these crucial times whilst considering the processes, the values and concerns regarding the current assessment and planning practices and the value defensible decision making can add to the risk management process. As the course is aimed at practitioners a clear emphasis will be placed upon the young person, person centred planning and relationship building. In order to develop an effective relationship, need to understand behaviours which are expressed due to attachment issues. Understanding why children behave the way they do helps effective engagement in a fair and non-judgemental manner.
The purpose of a Permanency Planning Meeting is to consider the most effective route to securing permanency placements for a child or young person and practitioners should consider the most appropriate route to promote the best outcomes for the child. Therefore, utilising a person-centred model is essential in delivering quality support whilst considering care as the best or only option available. This course will use Social Pedagogic principles to explore this complex, yet important part of the planning process of considering care through the eyes of the child and understanding how mental wellbeing and attachment can impact on the child’s capacity to engage constructively. Meetings held without the young person are necessary and legal components of the planning process and these meetings should remain person centred in their aim of placing a child in care in the most positive manner possible whilst following the legal timescales and processes.
Practitioners need to consider how best to communicate with young people during a challenging time in their life therefore the course will explore models including motivational interviewing and solution focused therapy in order to ensure the young person’s views are paramount. Care planning is an important balance of being person centred, effective and clear and the models provide plans which are interactive and inspection ready.
Practitioners need to consider how the planning process should be undertaken with children of various ages, identities and abilities to deliver individual plans underpinned by the principles of ‘Every Child Matters’. Accurate assessments and planning result in the most appropriate placements thus increasing the opportunities for all concerned therefore developing an effective relationship is key to gathering the best information from young people.
The course will explore the roles of relevant others in the planning process including the Independent Review Officer, Social Worker, Foster Carers, children, and families. Ensuring these meetings are managed in a manner which increases the chance that all will be able to contribute and engage effectively.
By the end of the course practitioners will have reflected on the policies, research, and practice in order support young people in the most effective manner and be skilled and equipped to support young people and relevant others in the most effective way.
This course will help carers understand the following:
- Participants will have an increased understanding of assessments and planning processes for children and young people in care or entering the care system including the national and legal requirements and timescales.
- Participants will be able to identify the relationship all the key players have in the planning process and how risk should be addressed in order to maximise outcomes.
- Delegates will be able to understand how assessments and planning can have a negative impact upon children and young people and consider alternative models’ staff can utilise to increase positive outcomes.
- Delegates will be able to identify person-centred models and how to improve the input children, young people, carers, and families have in any process.
- Delegates will be able to consider the relevance of effective target setting, set with the young person themselves, in a manner which increases participation.
- Participants will consider the most effect way to record and evidence outcomes in line with ‘evidence-based practice’ through the development of a vibrant and useable plan which is inspection ready.
- Participants will consider some of the issues may impact upon the young person’s ability to engage such as attachment theory and how this impacts upon their ability to engage.