Government adoption initiative

You've no doubt seen the news today that councils who fail to speedily place children in their care with adoptive parents are being named and shamed in new performance league tables, as part of the Government's initiative to improve the adoption system. I thought I would give a couple of relevant links, and a video:

The performance tables (actually Children in Care and Adoption Performance Tables) can be found on the Department for Education website, here, and the accompanying DfE press notice, here. For a response to the tables, see this article on Community Care, which reports that British Association of Social Workers chief executive Hilton Dawson condemned the move to name and shame councils as "absurd, crude and simplistic".

The Give a Child a Home campaign, which aims to encourage people to foster and adopt, has also been launched and naturally it has its own website, which can be found here.

Lastly, the DfE has published this video by Martin Narey, the Ministerial Advisor on Adoption:


  1. Now I wonder what Mr. Josephs is going to make of this?

  2. I'm not sure I care what he thinks.


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