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TACT Peterborough Permanency Service

A new service aiming to secure permanency for all children and young people in care, through a combination of asset-based assessment of children entering care and high-quality training to develop foster carers’ confidence and skills.

Project Description

Together, PCC and TACT aimed to secure permanency without delay for all children and young people in care by offering children and families the same high levels of assessment, preparation, training and support regardless of legal status.

In 2017, TACT took over the fostering function of Peterborough City Council (PCC) and sought to reduce the councils reliance on higher cost independent fostering and residential placements, as well as offering high quality training and support to all foster carers, adopters or relatives looking after children who come into care in Peterborough.

The service included: asset based assessment of children entering care, to ensure more and better placement options; development of confidence and skills amongst foster cares through capacity building training; and upskilling of staff to improve placement support and resilience.

Funding cuts in Peterborough led to the decommissioning of the service in 2019. Plans are under way for a report to be published to support take up elsewhere.


DfE funded independent evaluation will be published in 2020.

Lead Organisation

The Adolescent and Children's Trust


Peterborough City Council

The Foyer Federation

Cross Keys Housing

Adoption Plus




East of England


Funding Information

Funding theme: Other

Total amount awarded


Round 2 Apr 2017