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7.2.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements

AMENDMENT

This chapter was updated in September 2019 to clarify monitoring and support expectations.


Arrangements for and frequency of visits for supervising the placement must be made at Placement Agreement Meetings and set out in the Placement for Adoption Procedure, The Placement.

N.B. this procedure applies to all children matched with their previous foster carers as well as those placed with other prospective adopters.

This will involve at a minimum:

  • The child's social worker visiting the child within the first week of the placement;
  • Thereafter, the frequency of visits will be determined at the child's Adoption Review or, if not specified, every six weeks until an adoption application has been made and after this, on a three-monthly basis.

Where there are any concerns, additional visits should be arranged.

The adopters' social worker will also carry out visits at intervals agreed in the Adoption Placement Plan - and more frequently if circumstances require. The visits should continue until a Placement Order has been made or until the placement is terminated.

Visits must be made by suitably experienced qualified social workers or social workers / student social workers who are supervised by suitably qualified and experienced social workers - see Adopt Thames Valley (ATV).

Records of all visits must be made and copies placed on the child's Adoption Case Record. Between visits, the social workers involved must discuss progress in the placement and read each other's recording of visits during the monitoring period.

Where there are concerns that the placement is at risk of breaking down, a review meeting must be convened immediately by the child's social worker - see Adoption Reviews Procedure.

The child should be seen alone (if appropriate according to their age and understanding) at all of the visits, whether undertaken by the child's social worker or the adopters' link worker, and their wishes and feelings should be ascertained and recorded. Separate meetings will also usually be arranged with the prospective adopter(s) for when the child is not present or is likely to be in bed, in order to provide support and guidance to the adults, or to other children in the family, however these visits have a different purpose and there are therefore different expectations around them to visits aimed at seeing and supervising the welfare of the child.

The child's social worker will arrange for the child to continue to have health assessments in line with their Health Care Plan and that the Health Care Plan continues to be reviewed up to the time of the Placement Order in accordance with the procedures for Looked After Children.

The procedures to be followed where a placement disrupts are set out in Disruption of Adoptive Placements Procedure.

After the Placement Order is granted visits to the child and to their adopters will be made as and when required under the Adoption Support Plan - see Adoption Support Procedure. The responsibility for submitting the court application to adopt rests with the prospective adopter(s) supported by their link social worker. This will in some cases be an Adopt Thames Valley social worker, but will otherwise be a social worker from the prospective adopter(s)’ approving Agency. The responsibility for completing the Annexe A report(s) is shared between the child’s social worker and the link worker to the prospective adopter(s).

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