Principles of Concurrent Planning

Concurrent Planning

Principles of Concurrent Planning is the first course in a planned statewide Ongoing and Advanced Training series. This series provides continuing education to child welfare case workers in the field who have already completed Common Core training. Given the professional experience of these participants, the curriculum materials are designed to create a collaborative adult learning experience.

The Principles of Concurrent Planning course improves practice by highlighting key elements of concurrent planning and linking those activities with direct benefits for children, youth, and families. This course also provides skill practice activities to solidify these concepts into real world practice change.

Concurrent Planning is the mandatory process of working toward one legal permanency goal (typically family reunification) while at the same time establishing an alternative permanency goal and implementing a detailed plan to reach that goal. It is a practice with a legislative and philosophical history spanning 60 years. Concurrent Planning is not a new trend, but rather a vital part of quality child welfare practice that has been evolving and improving over time.

The practice of Concurrent Planning involves a mix of meaningful family engagement, targeted case practice and legal strategies implemented throughout the life of a child welfare case. Most importantly, it occurs through rich engagement with the child or youth, their parents and caregivers, and other people involved in the plans by way of consistent, clear, and honest conversations

Most importantly, Concurrent Planning is in line with the primary duty and responsibility of child welfare work, which is the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and youth in care. Quality practice in Concurrent Planning supports all these necessary elements by reducing unnecessary time in temporary placement, minimizing the number of placements, and including children and youth in the planning process.

Resources can be found on the next webpage: Concurrent Planning Training Resources