Testing Change Ideas to Improve Permanence Timescales for Looked After Children: Experiences of the Two Week Planning Meeting

Year: 2021
Topic: Permanence
Author: Dr Brandi Lee Lough Dennell, Research Associate, CELCIS

This report presents qualitative research undertaken in one of the Scottish local authorities involved in the Permanence and Care Excellence (PACE) programme.

PACE was a national Quality Improvement programme underway from 2014-2020. Through this programme, CELCIS supported 27 of the 32 Scottish local authority partnerships to apply a Quality Improvement framework to their processes and practices in order to reduce timescales in providing a recommendation on where babies, children and young people should live permanently.

Using qualitative methods to gather and analyse the views and experiences of the people involved, this research focused on the decisions, activities, and reporting that one local authority partnership undertook when testing a change idea within the PACE programme: Introducing a formal Looked After Child Review meeting at two weeks (‘two week planning meeting’).

Alongside this, the report examines the impact of that test on professionals and processes within the local authority area.