3.9.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements

1. Arrangements for and frequency of visits for supervising the placement must be made at Placement Planning Meetings – see Placement for Adoption Procedure, Section 8.

This will involve the child’s social worker making the following visits at a minimum:

  • Once within the first week of the placement and then weekly until the first Adoption Review
  • Thereafter, visits to the child every six weeks for the first year
  • After this, visits to the child on a three-monthly basis or as determined at the Child’s Adoption Reviews
The adopters’ link worker will also carry out visits at intervals agreed in the Adoption Placement Plan. The suggested minimum frequencies for these visits are:
  • Within the first week of the placement
  • Once in the next two weeks
  • Fortnightly until the first review
  • Every two or three weeks between the first and second review
  • At least four weekly thereafter
The visits should continue until an Adoption Order has been made or until the placement is terminated. The adopters should be made aware of the out of hours service provided by the Emergency Duty Service and the Family Placement Out of Hours Service.
2. Between visits, the social workers involved must discuss progress in the placement and read each other’s record of visits during the monitoring period. Where appropriate, adopters should be assisted to obtain help or advice from other professionals and specialists, including the adoption support adviser.
3. The visiting social worker must be a qualified social worker with a minimum of 3 years post-qualification experience of child care work, including direct experience of adoption work. Where the visiting worker does not meet the above requirements, he/she must be a qualified social worker or a social worker in training and be supervised by a social worker who does meet the requirements. Where the visiting worker is not employed by the borough, he/she must meet the requirements and be supervised by a practitioner who also meets the requirements.
4. Where there are concerns that the placement is at risk of breaking down, a review meeting must be convened immediately by the child’s social worker – see Review of Adoptive Placement.
5. The child should be seen alone (if appropriate according to his or her age and understanding) at all of the visits, whether undertaken by the child’s social worker or the adopters’ link worker, and his or her wishes and feelings recorded. A Post-Placement Visiting Pro Forma must be completed in relation to every visit.
6. The child should be seen alone (if appropriate according to his or her age and understanding) at all of the visits, whether undertaken by the child’s social worker or the adopters’ link worker, and his or her wishes and feelings recorded. A Post-Placement Visiting Pro Forma must be completed in relation to every visit.
7. The child’s social worker will arrange for the child to continue to have medical assessments in line with his or her Health Care Plan and that the Health Care Plan continues to be reviewed up to the Adoption Order in accordance with the procedures for Looked After Children. See Health Care Assessments.
8. The procedures to be followed where a placement disrupts are set out in Ending (Disruption of Placement).
9. The adopters’ link worker will assist the adopters with their adoption application and support them through the Court process.
10. The link worker will also ensure that where there is post-adoption contact, a Post-Adoption Contact Agreement is in place prior to the making of the Adoption Order; any changes to previously agreed contact arrangements need to be discussed and agreed by all concerned prior to the changes taking place.
11. Visits to the child and adopters after the Adoption Order will be made as and when required under the Adoption Support Plan – see Adoption Support Services Procedure.

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