Knowledge and Skills Statement for Achieving Permanence

Closed 9 Sep 2016

Opened 4 Jul 2016


We are seeking views on the content of our knowledge and skills statement for child and family social workers involved in permanence planning.

Why your views matter

This consultation is seeking views on our draft knowledge and skills statement for achieving permanence. We are consulting on this statement as:

  • A statement of what social workers need to know and be able to do in order to successfully undertake the assessment, analysis and permanence decision making we require of them, and progress permanence plans with urgency and skill; and
  • A statement to inform the content of the continuous professional development programme.


  • Local authorities
  • Young people
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Social workers


  • Accommodation (Looked after children)
  • Care leavers and former looked-after children
  • Friends and family care
  • Programmes and initiatives (Looked after children)
  • Special guardianship
  • Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation
  • Social workers' standards