Date:  31 August, 2017

Venue:  Edinburgh (to be confirmed)

Facilitator:  Alison Wilson

When permanent placement away from home is planned for a child, a report must be written that serves multiple purposes and requires the greatest care. The child’s social worker must make sure that the child, their family, their history and their current and future needs are thoroughly understood and set out in writing.  This report is written for a range of different audiences, including Panels, Courts and potential future substitute parents for the child.


The CAPR format has been designed to replace the former Form E which is now outdated. The CAPR format is geared to ensuring that the reasoning and evidence that led to a decision to separate a child from their family is set out, understood and acknowledged by all concerned, whilst also thoroughly and sensitively describing the child and their needs. It has also been designed to be a document to fulfil other vital duties to the child. These include providing a written document to help prospective substitute parents decide if they are suitable to become a new family for the child and further, whether they can offer the experiences and commitment that the child may need for developmental recovery. Very importantly, the CAPR is geared to giving information for the child as they grow up, providing them with a coherent narrative of their life. The information required for inclusion in the CAPR can help the child and their substitute family understand how and why decisions were taken on the child’s behalf, what efforts were made to help the child’s birth family, and what efforts were made to ensure the child and their needs were considered and met as carefully as could be expected of a good parent.


Writing a report that meets the requirements of a range of parties while remaining sensitive and child focussed can feel an overwhelming challenge for social workers. This workshop will explore the use of the Child Adoption and Permanence Report to satisfy the needs of competing audiences and, most importantly, those of the child now and in the future.



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