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5.3.7 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoption Placements


This procedure was amended in October 2018 to reflect local practice.

This procedure concerns the responsibilities of the child's social worker and the adopter's social worker in supporting and monitoring an adoption placement and should be read in conjunction with Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Procedure and Placement for Adoption Procedure.

Arrangements for and frequency of visits for supervising the placement must be made at Placement Planning Meetings and set out in the Adoption Placement Plan - see Placement for Adoption Procedure.

This will involve at a minimum:

  • The child's social worker in conjunction with the adoption social worker visiting the child within the first week of the placement and then weekly until the first review;
  • Thereafter, the frequency of visits will be determined at the child's Adoption Review or, if not specified, must be as a minimum every six weeks for the first year and after this, on a three-monthly basis.

Where there are any concerns, additional visits must be arranged promptly.

The adopters' social worker will also carry out visits at intervals agreed in the Adoption Placement Plan, and more frequently if circumstances require. The visits should continue until an Adoption Order has been made or until the placement is terminated. For completeness, copies of records from each worker's visits should be shared in a timely way and placed on the both the adopters' and the children's records.

The role must be undertaken by a suitably experienced and qualified social worker or social workers/student social workers who are supervised by a suitably qualified and experienced colleague - see Adoption Panel Procedure, Reports to Adoption Panel.

Records of all visits must be made and copies placed on the child's or adopters' Adoption Case Record, as appropriate. Between visits, the social workers involved must discuss progress in the placement and read each other's recording of visits.

Where there is any concern that an adoption placement might be fragile or at risk of breaking down, the child's social worker and adoption social worker must urgently discuss the possible causes for this and identify, in discussion with the adopters, what additional support is required to sustain and strengthen the placement. It is advised that a Professionals Meeting is convened to coordinate support and monitor subsequent progress of the placement. Where appropriate, the Independent Reviewing Officer should be notified of concerns and a review promptly scheduled (see Disruption of an Adoptive Placement Procedure).

The child should be seen alone (if appropriate according to his or her age and understanding) at all of the visits, whether undertaken by the child's social worker or the adopters' link worker, their wishes and feelings recorded, and any concerns responded to promptly.

The child will continue to have health assessments in line with their Health Care Plan which will be maintained until an Adoption Order is made.

Visits to the child and adopters after the Adoption Order will be made as and when required under the Adoption Support Plan - see Adoption Support Procedure.