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Concurrency Definition – Cambridgeshire

This document was added to this manual in April 2017.


The primary focus of concurrent planning is to place a child (usually under the age of 2 years) with concurrent carers who are dually approved as both foster carers and prospective adopters. They will be the child’s foster carers while the court decides whether or not the child can return to their birth family. During this period the local authority will continue to assess the parents and birth family to determine whether a plan for rehabilitation is in the child’s best interest.

Should adoption become the local authorities care plan and the court grants a placement order, the concurrent carers will be formally matched at panel, the placement then becomes the child’s adoptive placement, and they become prospective adopters for the child.

However should the plan be for rehabilitation to the birth family, the concurrent carers will be supported to provided the child with safe and consistent early care and will work with professionals to support the plan.

Concurrent carers are fully assessed, prepared and supported to both foster and adopt a child who is matched with them. They will be required to remain child focused whatever the eventual plan for the child, and have the resilience to cope with and manage a high level of uncertainty. During the fostering phase of the placement this may include engagement with and birth parents/ families during contact arrangement’s, and with the professionals involved with the child.

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