Undertaking an adoption assessment in England: a guide to collecting and analysing information for the Prospective Adopters Report (PAR) England (2016)

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This guide is designed to help social workers to manage and complete an assessment of prospective applicants who want to adopt a child or children. It is to be used by assessing social workers to complete a Prospective Adopter's Report using the CoramBAAF Form PAR (for England), revised in 2016. The guide is primarily based on Part 1 of the PAR, which pulls together information about the applicant, such as individual profile; family and environmental factors; present circumstances and becoming adopters. Each section of the guide presents a list of trigger questions to help explore different areas and suggestions as to how this can be analysed to assess an applicant's suitability, or not, to adopt. The guide will help assessing social workers to collect some of the basic information necessary to complete a comprehensive Stage Two assessment; prompt social workers to analyse the information they have collected with regard to its effect on the application; and alert the assessing worker to relevant guidance and regulations. (Edited publisher abstract)

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adoption, assessment, adoptive parents, social workers, good practice;
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practice guidance
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