The Handbook for Child Protection Protection Practice presents a comprehensive and critical portrait of the phenomenon of neglect. Drawing on theory, research and clinical practice experience, the contributors cover issues facing social workers. They provide a view of child neglect which moves beyond the current child welfare focus on parental omissions in care. Organized in question and answer format, topics covered include: engaging with the client; initial assessments for factors such as neglect and physical and sexual abuse; how to assess the family; interventions with various different emphases; and safeguarding the social workers well-being: legally, physically and mentally.
Chapter 80: What is Concurrent Planning, and How Do I Do it?
What is Concurrent Planning, and How Do I Do it?
What is Concurrent Planning?
Concurrent planning means working toward reunification of children in care with their birth families while concurrently formulating an alternative plan for permanency. Concurrent planning requires that foster families are also approved and prepared to adopt if adoption becomes necessary. The overall goal is early permanence for children; this is consistent with the federal law guiding placements—the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997.
Although it may seem confusing to work in two directions at the same time, concurrent planning works because it is based on the following core beliefs: Children need safe, stable homes with continuous relationships; the number of moves for children ...