Permanency Planning in Foster Care: A Research Review and Guidelines for Practitioners

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Title Permanency Planning in Foster Care: A Research Review and Guidelines for Practitioners
Author Tilbury, Clare; Osmond, Jennifer
Journal Name Australian Social Work
Editor Christine Bigby
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Melbourne
Publisher Routledge, Taylor & Francis
Abstract Permanency planning is a systematic, goal-directed and timely approach to case planning for children subject to child protection intervention aimed at promoting stability and continuity. The present paper reviews research into the area of permanency planning within the foster care system, with the aim of promoting research-informed policy and practice. Research published in both journals and books between 1998 and 2005 was reviewed. Exceptions to this were previously published seminal articles and texts that are theoretically and empirically important. The results of the present review indicate that permanency planning is theoretically informed by attachment theory and understandings of child development and identity formation. Decision making should be individualised, timely and culturally appropriate. Children themselves, their parents and carers all need to be involved in planning. Practitioners must be prepared to undertake extensive observation and assessment to serve the best interests of children when making permanency decisions.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2006 Taylor & Francis : The author-version of this article will be available for download 18 months after publication. Use hypertext link for access to the journal's website.
Volume 59
Issue Number 3
Page from 265
Page to 280
ISSN 0312-407X
Date Accessioned 2006-11-16
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Clinical Social Work Practice
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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