The central objective for early permanence placements is that the child’s needs and welfare come first.

The aim of early permanence placements is to decrease uncertainty for children in care, by minimising the number of moves they experience, therefore reducing turmoil and upheaval. This is achieved by using temporary placements which have the potential to become permanent - allowing the early months and years of a child’s life to be more secure.

Carers who go on to adopt will have the advantage of having known their child much earlier in their care journey, protecting them from further moves and disruption. They will also have had the opportunity to get to know their child’s birth parents and understand their backgrounds and difficulties. This will be hugely beneficial in the future for them and their children.

The key question for carers is whether they will be able to manage the degree of uncertainty inherent in these placements? The principle of early permanence is that the uncertainty is with adults rather than with the children.

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