Nottingham City Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures Manual
Nottingham City Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures Manual Nottingham City Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures Manual

6.2.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements


This chapter was revised in May 2013 to clarify visiting responsibilities.


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 visiting the child within the first week of the placement. Thereafter weekly visits must be undertaken. These visits can be shared between the child’s social worker and the supervising social worker. It is important that balanced feedback resulting from the visits must be shared between social workers before the next visit until the first review;
  • Thereafter, the frequency of visits will be determined at the child's Adoption Review or, if not specified, every six weeks for the first year and after this, on a three-monthly basis. These visits can be shared between childcare and supervising social workers.
  • The child’s social worker has the primary responsibility for ensuring the child’s welfare and should on each occasion see and speak to the child alone. The exceptions to this are:

    • Where the child refuses (and is of sufficient age and understanding to refuse);
    • Where the social worker considers it inappropriate to do so (again having regard to the child’s age and understanding); and
    • Where the social worker is unable to do so, for example because the child is out.

Where there are any concerns, additional visits should be arranged.

The adopter's link 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.

2. Visits must be made by suitably experienced qualified social workers or social workers/student social workers who are supervised by suitably qualified and experienced social workers - see Adoption Panel Procedure.
3. Records of all visits must be made and copies placed on the child's Adoption Case Record. Between visits, the social workers involved must discuss progress in the placement and read each other's recording of visits during the monitoring period.
4. Where there are concerns that the placement is at risk of breaking down, a review meeting must be convened immediately by the child's social worker - see Adoption Reviews Procedure.
5. 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 adopter's link worker and his or her wishes and feelings recorded.
6. The child's social worker will arrange for the child to continue to have health assessments in line with his or her Health Care Plan and that the Health Care Plan continues to be reviewed up to the Adoption Order in accordance with the procedures for Looked After Children.
7. The procedures to be followed where a placement disrupts are set out in Disruption of Adoptive Placement Procedure.
8. 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.