Session on the work of CELCIS’s Permanence and Care Team (PaCT) whose role is to support local authorities in improving permanence process and practice for looked after children. Contributed by: CELCIS
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Andressa M. Gadda, PhD
PaCT Research Associate
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.celcis.org
CELCIS is the Centre for Excellence for
Looked After Children in Scotland.
Together with partners, we are working
to improve the lives of all looked after
children in Scotland.
Four Routes to
• Return/remain at home with or after support (this
includes settled informal kinship arrangements)
• Permanence through a permanence order, where long
term corporate parenting is needed. This can be in
formal kinship care, foster care or residential care
• A relevant Section 11 Order – this is intended to be a
Kinship Care Order from 2015
The Permanence and
Care Team (PaCT)
The Research Topic
The appointment of Safeguarders by the
‘Safeguarders are persons who
may be appointed by children’s
hearings or sheriffs when they
think this is required to
safeguard the interests of the
child in the proceedings. Their
role is to provide support and
advice for the proceedings.’
(Hill et al. 2000: iii)
A researcher on tap
rather than on top
Safeguarders are being appointed by
Children’s Hearing more frequently in
this than in other LAs due to Panel
Members lack of confidence in Social
Workers’ assessments and reports. This
in turn further undermines Social
– How often are Safeguarders appointed by the Children’s
Hearing in this LA? How does this compare with other
– What factors influence Children’s Hearing’s decision to
appoint a Safeguarder?
– Whether and how do reports produced by Safeguarders
differ from those produced by Social Workers?
– What impact does the appointment of Safeguarders
have on decision-making – particularly with regards
the number of
PI of most recent
Membership is voluntary.
of the National
Engaging partners in co-
Engaging partners in co-
• Managing different needs and
• Managing contentious issues.
• Time consuming.
• Loss of interest and buy-in from original
• Availability of ‘researchers on tap’
issues requiring further
together to develop and
carry out the research
Research findings address
research-users needs –
direct impact on practice
How to overcome/address
How to ensure continuous
buy in from stakeholders?
How to better align needs,
expectations and time-
How to create further
opportunities for researchers
on tap rather than on top?