Permanently Progressing? Building Secure futures for children in Scotland – Dr Linda Cusworth
Funder: British Association of Adoption and Fostering
Investigators: Dr Helen Whincup, University of Stirling (PI), Professor Nina Biehal, University of York (Co-PI), Dr Linda Cusworth, University of Lancaster, Co-Investigator)
Project duration: November 2014 – December 2018
Every year, several thousand children in Scotland become ‘looked after at home’ or ‘looked after away from home’ 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 (1,836) of young children in Scotland who became looked after (at home or away from home) in 2012-13, when they were five or under. The study draws on quantitative and qualitative data from the Children Looked After Statistics (CLAS), interviews with decision makers, questionnaires completed by adoptive parents/carers and professionals, and interviews with adoptive parents/carers and children, to investigate experiences, outcomes and pathways to permanence. Final reports from the project with be published in Spring 2019.