Social Work Now, Issue 30, pages 8-14
When the Gisborne Child, Youth and Family office focused on permanent placements, eight children were identified with complex case histories who could not be placed with family/Whānau and required permanent caregivers. When a referral was made, the aim was to have a section 128 court plan with an approved goal of permanency out-of-family, but for some cases, use was made of the parallel planning process. Following the initial identification of cases, a permanency coach was contracted part-time to work with the four social workers responsible for these children. The caregiver liaison social worker (CLSW) was also actively involved in this project.