Saturday, 17 November 2018


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What is Concurrency?

Concurrent carers are approved adopters who have also been assessed as suitable to undertake the concurrency caring role. They will have  been trained to act as foster carers for the child during the fostering phase of concurrency, as when a child is initially placed with concurrent carers, they act as foster carers for the child, supporting contact with birth family members while the court decides the child's future.adoption concurrency


It is very important that carers are able to work co-operatively with the child's family and the professionals involved. Concurrent planning involves the social worker for the child initially simultaneously pursing 2 plans:


  1. Plan A – Rehabilitation. The child’s social worker will help outline a plan of action and change for the birth parents and help provide services to support them to make the changes necessary for them to be able to parent their child safely. If they are able to make the required changes in the agreed timescales and if the court decides that the birth parents are able to meet the needs of the child, the concurrent carers would help the child to return to them. The concurrent carers will have the satisfaction of knowing they have given the child the love and security that they needed at that point in their lives, as well as helping them to settle back with their family.

  2. Plan B – Adoption. Should the child’s birth parents be unable to make the required changes in the agreed timescales and the court agrees that the child is unable to return to the care of their birth family, the concurrent carers will continue to care for the child as prospective adopters and go on to adopt the child and become the legal parents.


The Benefits for the child are:

  1. Concurrent planning reduces moves and disruptions for the child leading to greater stability and security and increased emotional health and well-being.
  2. Concurrent planning increases the potential for the child to form a secure attachment to their permanent carers leading to greater emotional and social wellbeing throughout life.
  3. Concurrent planning enables a child to start building relationships with their potentially permanent family as early as possible in their care journey.  
  4. That the adults bear the uncertainty and risk whilst decision-making proceeds not them.
  5. For the child it is win-win. They will either return to birth family or remain with their concurrent carers going on to be adopted by them if the courts agree.

Click here to download our Concurrency Information Sheet for Prospective Adopters