Saturday, 17 November 2018


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Concurrency DVD

The Concurrency and Early Permanence Project has produced a 20 minute DVD as a resource to aid Family Placement Team social workers in the recruitment, assessment and preparation of concurrent carers. However, any prospective concurrent carer or professional may find it useful. Two couples who have experienced caring for children under concurrent planning arrangements talk candidly about their experiences.

If you are a professional interested in purchasing a copy of the DVD please contact the Early Permanence Project Manager:

Sharing Stories

Sharing Stories: Mediation for Life Story work

Children rely on the adults around them to keep their memories safe. Simple questions like "when did I first walk?" or "who do I look like?", or memories such as "I remember staying at a place near a field" need explanation and detail in order to help the child make sense of their history. If the adults don't have the details then they can't help the child answer those questions.


Sharing Stories is a project that works with parents from birth families and foster or adoptive families in order to enable them to share those important stories directly and in more detail than is usually possible.


Sharing Stories supports families where children are placed under an early permanence arrangement (concurrency or foster-to-adopt) to let their child know more about their birth family in their own words. This helps them to make sense of their memories and heritage.

Participants will be encouraged to meet with a mediator in a safe place to share stories about the child's family, life story and any other information they would like the child to have, now or in the future.

Participants may wish to meet each other as part of this process. This is not required but is an option if all parties agree.


Sharing Stories works with parents on behalf of children in order to:

  • Support the child in coming to terms with loss and trauma in their lives
  • Help the child make sense of their memories
  • Build a positive self-identity
  • Feel secure and safe
  • Understand their heritage
  • Answer life story questions


The information that is shared may be written records of conversations, notes, letters, pictures, photographs, objects, or anything that may have a meaning to the child, now or in the future. Every family will be different and every story is unique.


A social worker can refer to Sharing Stories but after that their involvement will be limited. If extra support is needed to participate then a social worker, solicitor or other support worker may advise or participants may choose to contact Sharing Stories themselves. 


For further information for professionals about the Sharing Stories project click here

Sharing Stories Information for social workers leaflet

Sharing Stories Information for parents with additional needs leaflet

Sharing Stories Information for parents leaflet

Sharing Stories Information for EP carers leaflet

Sharing Stories Information for parents thinking about relinquishment leaflet



"We decided to become concurrent carers as we genuinely believe that this is the very best thing for the children who would be suitable for this type of placement. We know that the fewer moves a child has to go through, the better for them, so we are committed to helping a child to have the very best start in life”

Welcome to the Concurrency & Early Permanence Project Website

Early permanence is the umbrella term given to a range of placement types that can speed up a child's journey through care. 

People who are interested in adoption usually recognise that children unable to live with their birth families need a new 'forever family' as quickly as possible. Unfortunately many children have to wait a long time before they can live with a new permanent family. 

mother and baby touching hands cbr003735Concurrency and Fostering for Adoption are just two ways we are trying to speed things up for children. We are looking for families who are resourceful and emotionally mature, and who are able to  put the needs of babies and children first to provide this route to adoption.