Project: Permanence in foster care

Funder: Big Lottery

Dates: 2006 – 2008

Research Team: Professor Gillian Schofield and Dr Emma Ward, with John simmonds (BAAF)

This project, funded by the Big Lottery was a partnership between BAAF (British Association for Adoption and Fostering - the fund holders), the Fostering Network and the University of East Anglia as the research partner. The project included mapping and investigating systems for planning and supporting permanence in foster care across all local authorities and Independent Foster Care Providers in England and Wales. The starting point was a questionnaire survey, followed up by targeted telephone interviews to professionals in agencies and three regional foster carer focus groups, jointly chaired by UEA and BAAF / Fostering Network.  The research products will be a research review/report for policy makers, managers and practitioners; practice guidance for practitioners; an explanatory booklet for foster carers and a separate booklet for children and young people.


Schofield G and Ward E, with Warman, A, Simmonds J and Butler, J (2008) Permanence in Foster Care: a study of care planning in England and Wales London: BAAF

Schofield G and Beek M (2008) Achieving Permanence in Foster Care: A good practice guide London: BAAF