Bi-annual up-date on activity of Portsmouth Adoption Agency. Stephen Kitchman, Head of Children s Social Care & Safeguarding

Save this PDF as:
 WORD  PNG  TXT  JPG

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Bi-annual up-date on activity of Portsmouth Adoption Agency. Stephen Kitchman, Head of Children s Social Care & Safeguarding"

Transcription

1 Agenda item: Title of meeting: Subject: ren & Education Portfolio Decision Meeting Bi-annual up-date on activity of Portsmouth Adoption Agency Date of meeting: 06 March 2014 Report by: Written by: Wards affected: Stephen Kitchman, Head of ren s Social Care & Safeguarding Jackie Clark, Adoption Manager All 1. Requested by 1.1. It is required by Standard 25.6 of the Adoption National Minimum Standards 2011 for Local Authority Adoption Services that the executive receives a six-monthly written report outlining the management and performance of the agency. 2. Purpose 2.1. The last report was prepared in July This report will update the Lead Member on Portsmouth Adoption Agency s response to the government s recent Adoption Reform Programme introduced in 2012 implemented from April Adoption Reform Programme 3.1. Since March 2012, when the Adoption Expert Working Group published its report, there has been unprecedented reform activity including the introduction of Adoption Scorecards, new Regulation and Guidance impacting on Adoption Panel functions, assessment process for adopters and national process for the Adoption Helpline and the implementation of the "First 4 Adoption" National Gateway. 4. Report on Portsmouth Adoption Panel Activity for period 01/04/ /01/ In accordance with the Adoption Agencies Regulations 2012 and in order to improve the timeliness of achieving adoption for Looked After ren, the child s proposed plan for adoption is no longer required to be presented to the Adoption Panel (since 1 September 2012) Plans are now considered by the Agency Decision Maker outside of panel and account has to be taken of the changes to court timetabling for care proceedings, in that courts are required to conclude care proceedings within twenty-six weeks.

2 4.2. The amended function for Adoption Panels is to consider the applications by those wishing to become adopters and the matches of children for whom adoption is the plan and prospective adoptive families This report details the Adoption Panel and the Adoption Agency activity for the period 1 April January During this period there have been twenty Adoption Panels to date. This illustrates Adoption Panel activity is increasing for the 2013/2014 period as there were fifteen panels for the same period in 2012/2013, when Adoption Panel functions were greater, as previously noted Since April 2013 to date there have been forty-one children recommended as needing permanence via adoption. Again, this illustrates an increase from the previous year activity when the Agency Decision Maker recommended adoption for thirty children in the same time span Of the forty-one children with a plan of adoption, there were nine pairs of siblings with age ranges 3 months - 6 years and two sibling groups of three with an age range of 11months - 4years. There were seventeen single children with age range 0-5 years. There have been three of the total cohort of children who had their plans changed to one of permanence via Special Guardianship Orders due to family members or family friends being approved during care proceedings The number of children having a recommended plan of adoption is likely to level out during the forthcoming year due to the increasing number of children being permanently placed with relatives or family friends through the legal security of Special Guardianship Orders. This follows recent case law 'Re BS' in July 2013 whereby adoption must be considered as an absolute last resort and the local authority must consider that children may be cared for within their extended family, with agency support before recommending adoption There has been an increase in the number of children being matched with prospective adopters since April 2013 with a total number of twenty-nine thus far. Within this cohort, there are six sets of sibling pairs with an age range of 0-6 years. There were seventeen single children with an age range of 9 months - rising 3years Of the total cohort of twenty-nine children, five children (including 1 sibling pair) were matched for adoption with their foster carers and two children (sibling pair) matched for adoption with relatives approved by Portsmouth Adoption Agency Within this cohort, eighteen children (including four sibling pairs), have been matched with Portsmouth Adoption Agency approved prospective adopters. Of the remaining cohort, six children (including one sibling pair), were placed with South Coast Consortium approved prospective adopters, four with other local authorities placed and one placed with a voluntary agency approved prospective

3 adoptive family. Those children placed with non- Portsmouth approved adoptive placements and Consortium families post 1 st September 2013, incur a fee of 27,000. Therefore for this year Portsmouth is currently paying a total of 81,000 for those placements. Two thirds is paid at the time of placement and the final third once the adoption order is granted Of the number of children being matched and placed with prospective adoptive families, twenty have been secured by adoption orders and there are nine applications for adoption orders currently pending in court There have been no disruption of adoption placements and the number of children with adoption plans and those being matched with prospective adopters have continued to increase since 2011 (please see table 1 below) Portsmouth Adoption Agency has continued to consistently recruit prospective adopters from within and outside Portsmouth city boundaries. The majority of Portsmouth children need adoptive families outside of Portsmouth but those prospective adopters living within the city are matched with children from within the South Coast Consortium and further afield. The government introduced a universal fee of 27,000 per single placement from 1 April 2013, which was introduced within South Coast Consortium from 1 September Portsmouth approved adopters who have been matched with other agency children have generated income of 108,000 to Portsmouth City Council against a target of 150,000. However, the cost of purchasing adopters ( 81,000) has to offset this Since 1 April 2013 Portsmouth Adoption Panel have heard 31 prospective adoptive family applications, all were subsequently approved by the Agency Decision Maker. Two families have subsequently withdrawn from the adoption process One family have asked for their application to be deferred due to changes in their circumstances Fifteen of those families have been matched with Portsmouth children Four have been matched with children from the South Coast Consortium Three have been matched with children from other local authorities (Brighton, Bolton and Bournemouth) At present there are ten Portsmouth approved adopters awaiting matching, four of whom live within the city, five are currently being considered for matching (one for Portsmouth children), and the other five are being considered by other agencies.

4 4.15. However with the increase in the number of children with an adoption plan, Portsmouth Agency remains focussed on prioritising the recruitment of adoptive families outside of the city in order to place Portsmouth children with them and to keep the costs of alternative agency fees to a minimum Given the complex needs of many of the children needing adoption, the children s names are placed on the Adoption Register for England and Wales and family finding extends beyond the South Coast Consortium There has been a steady increase in the number of enquiries and applications to become prospective adoptive families to Portsmouth Adoption Service. Since 1 April 2013 to date, there have been 78 enquiries. For the period April 2012 to March 2013 there was a total of 114 enquiries for information, compared to 89 between and 87 between In accordance with the Adoption Reform, from 1 July 2013, the assessment of prospective adopters was revised to incorporate a two stage process that is to be completed within a total of six months. Therefore in order to accommodate the increased workload of implementing a two stage process, responding to the increase of applications to become adopters and complying to the strict assessment timescales, the Adoption Team has increased its staffing level. There have been two additional full time equivalent social workers, enabling the team to provide fortnightly Information sessions for all enquirers, fortnightly Stage One induction sessions and rolling bi-monthly preparation groups ( a statutory requirement for adoption assessments) for those in Stage Two. Each of those groups accommodates a maximum of eight prospective adoptive families. The majority of the group comprise applicants living outside the city (as discussed above). There will however always be at least one prospective family living within the city; which will be then available for other agencies to purchase. There are separate preparation groups for foster carers who are identified as suitable to be prospective adoptive families for the children placed with them. At present there are three foster families in the process of assessment. In addition to these changes as incorporated in the Adoption Agency's action plan, a change in permanence planning was implemented. The Protection and Court Teams undertake the care proceedings in respect of Looked After ren, and the ren Looked After Team undertake the children's permanence plans, thus enabling a clearer and more efficient focus on progressing children's plans through to adoption. The indicators for the current annual cohort of Portsmouth children moving to adoptive placements demonstrate an improvement in meeting timescales Membership of Portsmouth Adoption Panel has remained predominantly stable for the past year. In line with the Adoption Regulations 2011, Portsmouth maintains a central list of panel members with a quoracy of five, including the Panel chair or vice-chair and one social work member. Portsmouth Adoption

5 Panel comprises a membership with an extensive knowledge, experience and commitment to adoption and there have been no panels cancelled due to lack of quoracy. As discussed earlier in the report the number of panel meetings have increased over the course of the year to meet the increasing demands and activity Social workers and applicants who attend the Adoption Panel are asked for their feedback so that the practice of Panel can constantly be improved. In general, those attending have been positive about their experience and speak highly of the sensitive but professional manner in which the Adoption Panel is conducted. The Panel meetings continue to be held at the Adoption & Support Services Centre in Hester Road Table 1 gives an overview of Adoption activity from January From To No of children adopted in court No of children s plans for adoption agreed No of children placed with adoptive family for adoption No of prospective adoptive families approved (Jan 31) Table 1 5. Annual Report on Post Adoption Activity for period 01/04/13-31/01/ There have been 51 referrals for access to birth records by adopted adults and intermediary services for both adopted adults and birth relatives. This work is managed by a part time social worker within the adoption team. Unlike many other authorities, this service is operated without a waiting list and service users are offered an appointment within a maximum of six weeks. The worker currently has a caseload of 38 people. On average each case is open for 6months, although some may take 3 years or more to resolve. Referral numbers tend to be consistent throughout the year but can increase when there is media interest/coverage on the subject of adoption. The service user feedback on this service is consistently positive, which is a reflection of the skills of the social worker who undertakes this work Portsmouth also offers support to birth parents through adoption counselling. Birth parents may request birth counselling at any time following the decision for an adoption plan for their child/children. The feedback for this service has been positive. There is also a birth parent support group which convenes at three

6 monthly intervals, facilitated by an adoption social worker. The membership of this group has remained constant, and the feedback is very positive. 6. Support to adoptive families and Special Guardians 6.1. Support is offered in accordance with the Adoption Support Services Regulations 2005 and the Special Guardianship Support Services Regulations All children placed by Portsmouth have an adoption support plan agreed by all parties at the point of placement. This includes details of agreed financial assistance, any therapeutic work that is planned, details of what support (either individual or group) is available from both the placing and receiving agencies and any other support that is required to maintain the placement. For every child placed by Portsmouth City Council (whether this is with a Portsmouth approved adoptive family or one approved by another local authority), the adoption support plan is reviewed at each looked after child statutory review prior to the making of the adoption order and at least annually for the first three years after the making of the adoption order. There are currently sixty-three Portsmouth adoption placements being supported by the Adoption Team If the child is placed outside Portsmouth, after three years support (apart from financial and any support needed regarding on going contact with birth family members) reverts to the local authority where the child lives. The support for special guardians is very similar The complexity of the children we place for adoption places an increasing demand on the adoption support workers in the team. As more information is available about the impact of chronic neglect, alcohol and drug misuse, and domestic violence on the developing foetus and of trauma on the developing brain of young children, adoptive parents are increasingly being asked to provide therapeutic re-parenting to the children we place. This cannot be done without skilled adoption support both in the early days of placement and throughout a child s life. The Adoption Team support workers also prepare Life Story books where a child is placed for adoption. This is a complex area of work and if it is to provide a useful tool for the adoptive parents to use with their children in order to enable them to understand their background, requires a high level of skill and knowledge Since 2009 the adoption support workers hold responsibility for the support of special guardianship arrangements where the issues can involve complex family dynamics and special guardians who have received little preparation for whom they are caring. There are currently ninety-five special guardian families being supported by the workers. The range of support can be from supporting contact arrangements to supporting families on the verge of safeguarding issues There is a need to build on the current support available to adopters and special guardians and the department is seeking to develop direct access to and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for post adoption support. Apart

7 from the two Adoption Support Workers, adopters and special guardians have access to our educational psychologist who is available one half day per month. The service is also in the process of securing increased Adoption Agency Medical Advisor time to ensure prospective adopters have access to any specialist medical information/guidance they need in relation to children to be placed with them. The adoption team is currently developing its adoption support service to include a specialist qualified social worker in order to meet the changing and growing needs of adoptive parents and special guardians There are monthly support groups for approved adopters and specialist speakers are invited to these groups on occasions. Adopters and special guardians also have the opportunity to access Portsmouth's foster carer training as they wish/need. The team provides a newsletter three times a year for adopters in the area, whether they are approved by Portsmouth Adoption Service or not. There are also annual social events held during the summer for adoptive families, so that adults and children can meet up The Adoption Team continues to facilitate post adoption contact, primarily through the Post Adoption Information Exchange. Birth families and adoptive families maintain post-box contact via an exchange of letters/cards by formal agreement from the making of an adoption order until the child becomes eighteen. 7. Challenges for the year ahead 7.1. Since the introduction of the Adoption Reform Programme in March 2012, and the government's Action Plan, Portsmouth Adoption Agency has implemented a permanence/adoption action plan in order to address delay for those children needing adoptive families The government also introduced the Adoption Scorecard for each local authority and the new framework for Ofsted Inspections which focus far more on the quality and timeliness for children in the adoption system. Portsmouth implemented a Permanence Panel from February 1st 2013 that sits fortnightly to consider all plans for children that have been Looked After from 28 days. This meeting is chaired by the Head of Service and panel members include managers from across the childcare service. The purpose of Permanence Panel is to identify and monitor Looked After ren's care plans to ensure they have a permanence plan in place before the second statutory review and identify any issues that may prohibit prompt planning. Since Permanence Panel has been in place, there has been significant improvement in the timescales within which Looked After children have adoption plans recommended. There is also improvement in progressing matching as demonstrated through the increase in Adoption Panel activity.

8 7.3. However the challenge for Portsmouth as a unitary authority is the high proportion of children identified with complex needs, i.e. chromosome deletions and foetal alcohol issues and other developmental delay. It may take longer for those children to be secured with an adoptive family The new adoption scorecards for local authorities have already been published. They measure the average time it takes from entering care to a child moving in with his or her adoptive family. Another key measure is the average time it takes for a local authority to match a child to an adoptive family once the court has formally decided that adoption is the best option. Over the last three years, which is the period covered by the scorecard, there have been a number of children adopted from this local authority where the length of time has been longer than the national average but the outcome for those children has been wholly positive This includes children placed with foster carers who then took some time to reach the conclusion that they wanted to move forward to adoption and who needed reassurance of the support package (particularly financial) that would be available to them. It also includes a family group of three children for whom adoption was not always seen as possible due to their early life experiences but who are now adopted. Appendix1 demonstrates the reducing timescales for children being adopted In January 2013 the DfE issued Adoption Agencies with the clear expectation for local authorities to increase their potential for placing children with adoptive families. Portsmouth and Southampton jointly commissioned British Association of Adoption and Fostering to undertake a scoping exercise to identify areas where the two unitary authorities could work more collaboratively to improve the adoption service for children and adopters within their locality. This piece of work has fed into a broader exploration with the South Coast Consortium to ascertain the merits of expanding the consortium to include Hampshire, Surrey, and Oxfordshire Incorporated in the Government's strategy to achieve more timely adoption for Looked After children, is the need for local authorities to extend the search for prospective adopters for a child. Portsmouth Adoption Agency already refers children to the Adoption Register for England and Wales if a suitable family cannot be identified from our own resources or from the South Coast Adoption Consortium. There are three Voluntary Adoption Agencies which are part of the Consortium thus offering the potential of a wider choice of prospective adopters. Members of the Adoption Team regularly attend adoption family finding exchange days organised across the country by the Adoption Register for England and Wales, where children and approved adopters are featured. Portsmouth also participated in an 'Adoption Activity Day' ( A family finding initiative introduced to the UK by BAAF in 2012) in September 2013 with other local authorities in the South of England, whereby approved adopters and children awaiting to be matched with adoptive families have the opportunity to socialise with each other

9 in order to promote matching. Nine Portsmouth children (including one set of three siblings, one set of twins) attended this event and five prospective adoptive families. Although none of the Portsmouth children went on to be successfully matched with any prospective adopters from the Activity day, the foster carers of two children attending subsequently applied to be assessed as prospective adopters for the children in their care. Two sets of Portsmouth adopters attending the Activity Day were subsequently matched with children from other local authorities attending the Activity Day. Portsmouth will be participating in a further Adoption Activity Day in June The Government's Adoption Reform urges that children for whom adoption is the plan are placed with their adoptive families as early as possible. Local authorities are urged to consider the model of Fostering for adoption which is where prospective adopters are also approved as foster carers and work with the local authority to either rehabilitate the child to their birth family or, if that cannot be achieved, adopt the child. This model means that the risks of disruption are taken by the adults not the child. It is a model that has been used by some authorities usually for babies born where there is a poor prognosis that the birth parents will be able to care for the child Portsmouth Adoption Agency provided training for its staff regarding Concurrency Planning and Fostering for Adoption in June 2013 and will work with partner agencies and the courts to identify those children appropriate for such placement plans The new adopters' assessment process and report was introduced in 1st July 2013 and is in response to the government's identified need for a speedier process of approving prospective adopters. The new assessment process is designed to be completed in two stages over six months Stage one of the assessment process is adopter led and it is during the first two months that applicants are expected to complete an e learning programme, chronology, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and statutory checks, medicals, health and safety, pet and financial assessments. Subject to all these factors being satisfactory, the applicants will then proceed to the analytical stage of assessment with the social worker. The challenge for the service will be to ensure the quality of the assessment process is not compromised and that prospective adopters are given sufficient time to reflect on their learning throughout the process. In order to attract more people to consider adoption, the Government plan also introduced First4Adoption, National Gateway, which will complement adoption agencies by providing a central point of contact for anyone interested in adoption It is acknowledged by the National Working Group that, if the aim is to increase the number of adoptions of children from the care system, there has to be some guarantee of a minimum level of adoption support services. Currently adoptive

10 families have a right to request an assessment of their adoption support needs but the local authority does not have a duty to meet the needs that are identified. The Government recognises the need for increased adoption support. The challenge for this authority will be to meet the potential financial cost of increased adoption support and to negotiate with key stakeholders such as schools and CAMHS for timely and appropriate support to adoptive families. During the new assessment process it is anticipated that prospective adopters are likely to be asking for support packages as the Government have introduced the concept of an Adoption Passport for prospective adopters to access support services. With the introduction of the departmental Adoption Action Plan and Permanence Panel, the Head of Service regularly reviews progress in line with the National Adoption Scorecard and issues are addressed promptly. Signed by (Head of Service) Appendices: Appendix 1 - Report on Portsmouth City Council Adoption Panel April January 2013 Background list of documents: Section 100D of the Local Government Act 1972 The following documents disclose facts or matters, which have been relied upon to a material extent by the author in preparing this report: Title of document Location Signed.. Date.. Approval to the recommendation(s) The recommendation(s) set out above were approved / approved as amended / deferred / rejected* by the Lead Member for ren s Services. (*delete as appropriate) Signed.. Date..

11 Appendix 1 A1 - BLA Date to Placed For Adoption - Rolling 3 years PCC (01/01/ /12/2013) /1 10/1 10/1 10/1 10/1 11/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1212/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1313/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/ / / / /2014 A1 Days Eng. Avg.* Stat. Neigh. Avg.** * Eng Average from Mar 2013 ** Stan. Neighbour Average from Mar LA level 2013 data is due soon

12 A2 - Placement Order to Matched Date - Rolling 3 years PCC (01/01/ /12/2013) /1 10/1 10/1 10/1 10/1 11/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1211/1212/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1312/1313/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/1413/ / / / /2014 A2 Days Eng. Avg.* Stat. Neigh. Avg.** * Eng Average from Mar 2013 ** Stan. Neighbour Average from Mar LA level 2013 data is due soon

ANNUAL REPORT ON ADOPTION ACTIVITY 2012-2013

ANNUAL REPORT ON ADOPTION ACTIVITY 2012-2013 London Borough of Bromley Education, Care and Health Services Children s Social Care ANNUAL REPORT ON ADOPTION ACTIVITY 2012-2013 CONTENTS 1. Bromley Adoption Agency 2. Bromley Adoption Team 3. Children

More information

Moray Council. Adoption Plan

Moray Council. Adoption Plan APPENDIX 1 Moray Council Adoption Plan Review: - November 2013 Next Review: - September 2016 Adoption Plan 18.12 2013 Page 1 of 15 Introduction The Moray Council believes that children should be brought

More information

Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose

Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose Adoption Service Statement of Purpose Local Authority Adoption Service Regulations and accompanying National Minimum Standards require all Adoption Services to have a Statement of Purpose. This document

More information

If yes, in what capacity? Have you worked together before? Yes

If yes, in what capacity? Have you worked together before? Yes Regional adoption agencies 2015-16 Expression of Interest Form If you have any problems editing this form, please email adoption.reform@education.gsi.gov.uk 1.1 Contact details Section 1 Lead contact TBC

More information

Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015 2016

Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015 2016 Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015 2016 1 Introduction The London Borough of Brent believes that every child has the right to a stable, loving and permanent family to care for them, to promote

More information

LONDON BOROUGH OF EALING ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2014-2015

LONDON BOROUGH OF EALING ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2014-2015 LONDON BOROUGH OF EALING ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2014-2015 Carolyn Fair May 2011 Updated February 2014 1 Introduction 1.1 The London Borough of Ealing, through the power delegated to the

More information

London Borough of Bromley Education, Care and Health Services Children s Social Care Bromley Adoption Service Statement of Purpose

London Borough of Bromley Education, Care and Health Services Children s Social Care Bromley Adoption Service Statement of Purpose London Borough of Bromley Education, Care and Health Services Children s Social Care Bromley Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015-2016 Mission Statement Bromley Council s Adoption Service believes

More information

Adoption Report Outlining Process and Performance

Adoption Report Outlining Process and Performance 10 September 2015 ITEM: 6 Corporate Parenting Committee Adoption Report Outlining Process and Performance Wards and communities affected: All Key Decision: To consider the report in line with regulation

More information

HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL ADOPTION AGENCY. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Dated: April 2012 URN: SC057941

HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL ADOPTION AGENCY. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Dated: April 2012 URN: SC057941 HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL ADOPTION AGENCY STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Dated: April 2012 URN: SC057941 CONTENTS 1. Aims and Objectives of the local authority in relation to the Adoption Service 2. Number, qualification

More information

Local Authority Adoption Services. London Borough of Merton Adoption Service Worsfold House Church Road Mitcham Surrey CR4 3FA

Local Authority Adoption Services. London Borough of Merton Adoption Service Worsfold House Church Road Mitcham Surrey CR4 3FA Local Authority Adoption Services London Borough of Merton Adoption Service Worsfold House Church Road Mitcham Surrey CR4 3FA 13th, 16-18th and 20th August 2004 Commission for Social Care Inspection Launched

More information

Performance Evaluation Report 2013 14. The City of Cardiff Council Social Services

Performance Evaluation Report 2013 14. The City of Cardiff Council Social Services Performance Evaluation Report 2013 14 The City of Cardiff Council Social Services October 2014 This report sets out the key areas of progress and areas for improvement in The City of Cardiff Council Social

More information

Adoption: Getting It Right, Making It Work : Launch date 28 February 2014 Respond by 11 April 2014 Ref: Department for Education

Adoption: Getting It Right, Making It Work : Launch date 28 February 2014 Respond by 11 April 2014 Ref: Department for Education Adoption: Getting It Right, Making It Work : Launch date 28 February 2014 Respond by 11 April 2014 Ref: Department for Education Adoption: Getting It Right, Making It Work : This consultation seeks views

More information

1.1 This report is to inform members of the Torbay Children s Services Adoption Agency activities for the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014.

1.1 This report is to inform members of the Torbay Children s Services Adoption Agency activities for the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014. Public Agenda Item: Yes Title: Wards Affected: Adoption Agency Activity Report All Wards in Torbay To: Council On: 25 th September Contact Officer: Caroline Hobson Telephone: 7874 E.mail: caroline.hobson@torbay.gov.uk

More information

Local Authority Adoption Services

Local Authority Adoption Services Local Authority Adoption Services London Borough of Lewisham Adoption Service St Paul`s House, Permanence Service 125 Deptford Road High Street London SE8 4NS 21st-23rd January 2004 Commission for Social

More information

Making Sure Adoption is an Option ADOPTION AGENCY ANNUAL REPORT 2013/2014

Making Sure Adoption is an Option ADOPTION AGENCY ANNUAL REPORT 2013/2014 Appendix 1 Making Sure Adoption is an Option ADOPTION AGENCY ANNUAL REPORT 2013/2014 1 Index Introduction 1 Headline Data 2 Children s Outcomes 3 Performance & Adoption Scorecard 4 SSDA903 Data Collection

More information

Local Authority Adoption Services. London Borough of Hillingdon Adoption Service 855 Uxbridge Road Hayes Middlesex UB4 8HZ

Local Authority Adoption Services. London Borough of Hillingdon Adoption Service 855 Uxbridge Road Hayes Middlesex UB4 8HZ Local Authority Adoption Services London Borough of Hillingdon Adoption Service 855 Uxbridge Road Hayes Middlesex UB4 8HZ 30th November and 1st and 2nd December 2004 Commission for Social Care Inspection

More information

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2014

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2014 0116 454 4540 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2014 Fostering and Adoption Centre 11 Friar Lane LEICESTER LE1 5RB Revised 4 th April 2014 INDEX SECTION PAGE Introduction 2 Aim of the adoption service 2 Objectives

More information

Adoption Service Statement of Purpose

Adoption Service Statement of Purpose Sandwell Adoption Service Adoption Service Statement of Purpose January 2012 Author: Rachel Gillott Operations Manager Completed in January 2012 The Statement of Purpose sets out the aims and objectives

More information

Corporate Parenting Board 6 January 2016

Corporate Parenting Board 6 January 2016 Agenda Item No. 8 Corporate Parenting Board 6 January 2016 Report title Adoption agency interim report Cabinet member with lead responsibility Wards affected Accountable director Originating service Councillor

More information

ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE London Borough of Waltham Forest Children and Families Services ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Revised November 2013 (Draft to be ratified) www.walthamforest.gov.uk/adopt 1 1. Introduction The Statement

More information

Achieving for Child Adoption Support Guarantee London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Achieving for Child Adoption Support Guarantee London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Achieving for Child Adoption Support Guarantee London Borough of Richmond upon Thames 1. Background For those children who cannot return to their birth families we strive to provide safe, secure and loving

More information

Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose

Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2 Adoption Service Statement of Purpose Contents Introduction...3 Acts...3 Statutory Instruments...4 Government Guidance...5 Standards...5 Strategic Aims...6 Aims

More information

Adoption. /adoptionandfostering adoption@rbkc.gov.uk www.lbhf.gov.uk www.rbkc.gov.uk www.westminster.gov.uk

Adoption. /adoptionandfostering adoption@rbkc.gov.uk www.lbhf.gov.uk www.rbkc.gov.uk www.westminster.gov.uk Adoption /adoptionandfostering adoption@rbkc.gov.uk www.lbhf.gov.uk www.rbkc.gov.uk www.westminster.gov.uk 2 The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and

More information

Local Authority Adoption Services

Local Authority Adoption Services Local Authority Adoption Services Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Adoption Service 4th Floor, Crinoline House Effingham Square Rotherham S65 1AW 1st,2nd,3rd and 10th March 2005 Commission for Social

More information

Adoption Agency Statement of Purpose 2015. Adoption & Permanency Team

Adoption Agency Statement of Purpose 2015. Adoption & Permanency Team Adoption Agency Statement of Purpose 2015 Adoption & Permanency Team ADOPTION AGENCY STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Contents 1. Mission Statement 2. Aims and Objectives 3. Principles and Core Values 4. The Organisational

More information

Appendix D. Adoption Service Statement of Purpose

Appendix D. Adoption Service Statement of Purpose Appendix D Adoption Service Statement of Purpose May 2013 Contents 1. Introduction 2. Principles and values 3. The Aims of the Agency 4. Objectives of the Agency 5. Recruiting, assessing and approving

More information

Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services. Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose 2015/16

Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services. Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose 2015/16 Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015/16 Updated February 2015 Context Reading Borough Council, through the power delegated to the Director

More information

PACT Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015

PACT Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015 PACT Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015 Author: Shirley Elliott Review by: SMT Version: 2 First issue date: 17/3/10 Review cycle: annual Last review date 09/03/2015 Related documents SOP Adoption

More information

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE [Reference: Regulation 3(i) of the Voluntary Adoption Agencies and the Adoption Agencies (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013 England and Wales as amended by the Voluntary Adoption

More information

COVENTRY CITY ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

COVENTRY CITY ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE COVENTRY CITY ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE July 2013 (updated) 1 1 Introduction 1.1 Pursuant to the Local Authority Adoption Service (England) Regulations 2003, as amended by the Local Authority

More information

Surrey Adoption Agency Statement of Purpose

Surrey Adoption Agency Statement of Purpose www.surreycc.gov.uk INTRODUCTION SURREY ADOPTION AGENCY STATEMENT OF PURPOSE This Statement of Purpose has been produced in association with the Adoption and Children s Act 2002, Adoption Agency regulations

More information

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 1. Background IAC - The Centre for Adoption, (registered as Intercountry Adoption Centre) was established in 1997 and was formerly an experimental project funded by the Department

More information

Yorkshire Adoption Agency DOMESTIC ADOPTION INFORMATION

Yorkshire Adoption Agency DOMESTIC ADOPTION INFORMATION Yorkshire Adoption Agency DOMESTIC ADOPTION INFORMATION 1 Thank you for requesting this information leaflet about Domestic Adoption. The purpose of the leaflet is to answer frequently asked questions about

More information

Statutory Guidance on Adoption. For local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies and adoption support agencies

Statutory Guidance on Adoption. For local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies and adoption support agencies Statutory Guidance on Adoption For local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies and adoption support agencies July 2013 Contents Summary 3 Foreword by Edward Timpson MP 5 Introduction 7 Chapter 1: Adoption

More information

Draft statutory guidance on adoption. For local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies and adoption support agencies

Draft statutory guidance on adoption. For local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies and adoption support agencies Draft statutory guidance on adoption For local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies and adoption support agencies July 2014 Contents Summary 12 About this guidance 12 Expiry or review date 12 What

More information

Tameside Children s Social Work - Local Assessment Framework

Tameside Children s Social Work - Local Assessment Framework Tameside Children s Social Work - Local Assessment Framework Contents Preface...3 The purpose of social work assessments...4 Statutory assessments under the Children Act 1989...5 The local framework for

More information

ISLE OF WIGHT ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL

ISLE OF WIGHT ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL ISLE OF WIGHT ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2011 ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL Author: Title: Karen Cheeseman Group manager Fostering and Adoption Date: April 2011 Review: April 2012 Version: 1.7 ISLE

More information

WAKEFIELD COUNCIL ADOPTION AGENCY

WAKEFIELD COUNCIL ADOPTION AGENCY WAKEFIELD COUNCIL ADOPTION AGENCY STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Adoption & Permanence Team Unit 21 Green s Industrial Estate Calder Vale Road WAKEFIELD WF1 5PH 2015-16 1 Index Page PAGE Introduction to Wakefield

More information

Change a life - Adopt. give a child a home. Adoption Information

Change a life - Adopt. give a child a home. Adoption Information Change a life - Adopt give a child a home Adoption Information page 1 To find out more call 0800 028 3001 Contents: What is adoption Page 3 Who needs adopting Page 5 Criteria for those wishing to adopt

More information

Wiltshire Council. Cabinet. Date of meeting: 17 March 2015. Adoption Agency Six Month Report. Children s Services. Key Decision:

Wiltshire Council. Cabinet. Date of meeting: 17 March 2015. Adoption Agency Six Month Report. Children s Services. Key Decision: Wiltshire Council Cabinet Date of meeting: 17 March 2015 Subject: Cabinet member: Key Decision: Adoption Agency Six Month Report Councillor Laura Mayes Children s Services No Executive Summary The purpose

More information

INTRODUCTION 1 STRUCTURE AND APPROACH 1 CONTEXT AND PURPOSE 2 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 3

INTRODUCTION 1 STRUCTURE AND APPROACH 1 CONTEXT AND PURPOSE 2 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 3 June 2007 Table of Contents INTRODUCTION 1 STRUCTURE AND APPROACH 1 CONTEXT AND PURPOSE 2 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 3 3 Standard 1: Statement of purpose 3 Standard 2: Written guide to the adoption service for

More information

South Gloucestershire Council Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose

South Gloucestershire Council Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose Appendix one South Gloucestershire Council Adoption Service Statement of Purpose December 2011 This Statement of Purpose is published in accordance with the requirements of the Care Standards Act 2000.

More information

LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PERMANENCE POLICY 2013

LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PERMANENCE POLICY 2013 LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PERMANENCE POLICY 2013 1. PURPOSE 1.1 This Permanence Policy updates Leicestershire County Council s response to the requirement of the Children Act 1989 that local authorities

More information

Rhondda Cynon Taff Adoption Agency. Statement of Purpose

Rhondda Cynon Taff Adoption Agency. Statement of Purpose Rhondda Cynon Taff Adoption Agency Statement of Purpose 2013 1 Adoption Service Statement of Purpose Contents 1. Mission Statement 2. Aims & Objectives 3. Principles and standards of care 4. Services Provided

More information

Children s Services TITLE. Adoption Agency Annual Report 2013-14 PUBLICATION SCHEDULE NUMBER: PUBLICATION DATE: August 2013

Children s Services TITLE. Adoption Agency Annual Report 2013-14 PUBLICATION SCHEDULE NUMBER: PUBLICATION DATE: August 2013 Children s Services TITLE Adoption Agency Annual Report 2013-14 PUBLICATION SCHEDULE NUMBER: PUBLICATION DATE: August 2013 AUTHORISING OFFICER: CS ISSUE NO: Marion Ingram AUTHORISING OFFICER S SIGNATURE:

More information

Durham County Council Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose 2015/16

Durham County Council Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose 2015/16 Durham County Council Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015/16 CONTENTS Introduction 3 Adoption Services 8 Recruitment and assessment of adopters 12 Adoption Panels 15 Numbers of adopters, children

More information

Adoption Data Analysis: Narrative. Produced by. The Association of Directors of Children s Services (ADCS)

Adoption Data Analysis: Narrative. Produced by. The Association of Directors of Children s Services (ADCS) Adoption Data Analysis: Narrative Produced by The Association of Directors of Children s Services (ADCS) April 2013 ADCS Adoption Data Analysis Narrative (April 2013) 1. Introduction 1.1. Directors of

More information

Derby City Council Adoption Service Statement of Purpose

Derby City Council Adoption Service Statement of Purpose Derby City Council Adoption Service Statement of Purpose Derby City Council Adoption Service places children and their needs at the centre of its activity. The welfare and safety of children is of paramount

More information

Harrow Council People Services Directorate Children and Young People Services. Adoption Statement of Purpose

Harrow Council People Services Directorate Children and Young People Services. Adoption Statement of Purpose Harrow Council People Services Directorate Children and Young People Services Adoption Statement of Purpose 2015-2017 Next planned review: April 2017 Last updated: Dec 2015 1 CONTENTS 1. Introduction 2.

More information

1 Fostering Statement of Purpose

1 Fostering Statement of Purpose 1 CHILDREN S PLACEMENTS SERVICE FOSTERING STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2015-16 The Statement of Purpose relates to the Fostering Services provided by Bexley Children s Placement Service and is a requirement under

More information

2014/15 has proven to be a most exciting time in the development of IAC - The Centre for Adoption.

2014/15 has proven to be a most exciting time in the development of IAC - The Centre for Adoption. Appointment of Trustees 2014/15 has proven to be a most exciting time in the development of IAC - The Centre for Adoption. About the organization Alongside the original sector-leading work in intercountry

More information

Adoption Handbook Policy, Procedures and Practice Guidance

Adoption Handbook Policy, Procedures and Practice Guidance Adoption West Sussex County Council Children s Services Adoption Handbook Policy, Procedures and Practice Guidance Version: 10 Effective from: Oct 2006 Revised: Mar 2015 Next review date: Mar 17 Document

More information

Working Together to Safeguard Children

Working Together to Safeguard Children Working Together to Safeguard Children A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children March 2013 Contents Summary 5 About this guidance 5 What is the status of this guidance?

More information

SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL

SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL The Policies of the The Policies of the Page 2 of 44, Suffolk Adoption and Permanence Support Service forms part of Suffolk County Council s Directorate for Children and Young People

More information

FOSTERING STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

FOSTERING STATEMENT OF PURPOSE PETERBOROUGH CITY COUNCIL CHILDREN S SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOSTERING STATEMENT OF PURPOSE PUBLICATION SCHEDULE NUMBER: PUBLICATION DATE: March 2014 AUTHORISING OFFICER: Debbie Haith Assistant Director of

More information

WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE. April 2011

WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE. April 2011 WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE April 2011 If you would like this information in an alternative format such as large print, on audio cassette or CD, or in another language,

More information

The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations. Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review

The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations. Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review March 2010 Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review i Contents Preface 1 Chapter 1. Introduction

More information

Guidance to support the Levels of Need poster

Guidance to support the Levels of Need poster Guidance to support the Levels of Need poster V.1 Approved by Cheshire East Safeguarding Children Board 24 th January 2014 1 Introduction This Framework aims to provide all professionals working with children

More information

Adoption Services Statement of Purpose City of York Council September 2015

Adoption Services Statement of Purpose City of York Council September 2015 Adoption Services Statement of Purpose City of York Council September 2015 Contents Aims and objectives of the service:... 2 Facilities and services... 3 Recruitment policy... 4 Eligibility criteria...

More information

Statutory guidance for appropriate bodies, local authorities, head teachers, school staff and governing bodies

Statutory guidance for appropriate bodies, local authorities, head teachers, school staff and governing bodies Statutory guidance for appropriate bodies, local authorities, head teachers, school staff and governing bodies Contents GUIDANCE FOR APPROPRIATE BODIES, LOCAL AUTHORITIES, HEAD TEACHERS, SCHOOL STAFF AND

More information

Essex Adoption Service Policy and Statement of Purpose January 2014

Essex Adoption Service Policy and Statement of Purpose January 2014 Essex Adoption Service Policy and Statement of Purpose January 2014 Issue Date: 19/03/14 Review Date: January 2015 Author: Katherine Peddie Document Owner: Stephanie Bishop Version Control Document Location

More information

Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education Comes into force 1 January 2007

Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education Comes into force 1 January 2007 Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education Comes into force 1 January 2007 Contents Page Paragraph Executive Summary 1 Chapter 1: Introduction 3 A Shared Objective 3 1.1 The Scope of this

More information

Changing children s lives

Changing children s lives What is adoption? 01 What is adoption? Through adoption you can give a child a permanent, caring home and a sense of belonging, with the love and security of a stable family life guaranteed until they

More information

Slough Children s Services Trust Independent Fostering Agency Statement of Purpose 2016-2017

Slough Children s Services Trust Independent Fostering Agency Statement of Purpose 2016-2017 Slough Children s Services Trust Independent Fostering Agency Statement of Purpose 2016-2017 Prepared by: Colin Bent and Jo Neale Practice Managers - Fostering Fostering Statement of Purpose 2016-2017

More information

Rochdale Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2014/ 2015

Rochdale Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2014/ 2015 Rochdale Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2014/ 2015 1. Introduction 1.1 Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council is committed to providing a high quality adoption service. The statement of purpose will

More information

Introduction 2. Aims and Objectives of the Adoption Service 4. Management and Staffing 6. Personnel 7. Services to Children 9

Introduction 2. Aims and Objectives of the Adoption Service 4. Management and Staffing 6. Personnel 7. Services to Children 9 Contents Introduction 2 Aims and Objectives of the Adoption Service 4 Management and Staffing 6 Personnel 7 Services to Children 9 Recruitment & Assessment of Adopters 11 Post Adoption Service 13 Additional

More information

Derby City Council Fostering Service. Statement of Purpose: Why we are here and what we will do.

Derby City Council Fostering Service. Statement of Purpose: Why we are here and what we will do. Derby City Council Fostering Service Statement of Purpose: Why we are here and what we will do. December 2015 Andy Smith 1 Acting Director of Children & Young People s Services CONTENTS Page no. 1 Introduction:

More information

Service Specification for Support Delivery of the Drug Rehabilitation Requirement. Service Specification Document

Service Specification for Support Delivery of the Drug Rehabilitation Requirement. Service Specification Document Service Specification for Support Delivery of the Drug Rehabilitation Service Specification Document This document defines the service, including the required outcome(s) and outputs. As part of an SLA

More information

Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales

Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales Care Standards Act 2000 Adoption and Children Act 2002 Inspection Report Voluntary Adoption Agencies In Wales St David`s Children Society 28 Park Place Cardiff

More information

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE LB REDBRIDGE ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE February 2016 LBR Children s Services doing the right thing for children and young people Content 1. Introduction 2. The Name and Address of the Registered

More information

Manual of Policies and Procedures General. Connected Person (Family and Friends) Foster Care (August 2012)

Manual of Policies and Procedures General. Connected Person (Family and Friends) Foster Care (August 2012) Manual of Policies and Procedures General Connected Person (Family and Friends) Foster Care (August 2012) Children s Safeguarding & Specialist Services Manual Head of Service: Christine Smart Date of Issue:

More information

Ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs

Ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs Ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs Statutory guidance for local authorities January 2013 Contents About this guidance 3 What legislation does this guidance

More information

PRACTICE DIRECTION 12A CARE, SUPERVISION AND OTHER PART 4 PROCEEDINGS: GUIDE TO CASE MANAGEMENT

PRACTICE DIRECTION 12A CARE, SUPERVISION AND OTHER PART 4 PROCEEDINGS: GUIDE TO CASE MANAGEMENT PRACTICE DIRECTION 12A CARE, SUPERVISION AND OTHER PART 4 PROCEEDINGS: GUIDE TO CASE MANAGEMENT 1. THE KEY STAGES OF THE COURT PROCESS 1.1 The Public Law Outline set out in the Table below contains an

More information

Waiting to be parents: adopters experiences of being recruited

Waiting to be parents: adopters experiences of being recruited Waiting to be parents: adopters experiences of being recruited Introduction, Results and Commentary Adoption UK is a national membership organisation for prospective adopters and adoptive parents, providing

More information

Children s Services Improvement and Business Support. Service Review 2013/14

Children s Services Improvement and Business Support. Service Review 2013/14 Children s Services Improvement and Business Support Service Review 2013/14 Service Name: Children s Services Improvement and Business Support Service Contact: Richard Williams Date of review: 2013/14

More information

Policy for delegating authority to foster carers. September 2013

Policy for delegating authority to foster carers. September 2013 Policy for delegating authority to foster carers September 2013 Purpose and scope of policy 1.1 Introduction Decision-making around the care of looked after children can be an area of conflict between

More information

Fostering for Adoption BECOMING A CARER

Fostering for Adoption BECOMING A CARER Fostering for Adoption BECOMING A CARER Funded by the Department for Education Children need a loving and secure home that they experience as their forever family. Fostering for Adoption a child centred

More information

TRANSFER OF FOSTER CARERS PROTOCOL ENGLAND (2014)

TRANSFER OF FOSTER CARERS PROTOCOL ENGLAND (2014) TRANSFER OF FOSTER CARERS PROTOCOL ENGLAND (2014) This protocol has been developed by The Fostering Network and the joint forum of Independent Fostering Providers and is issued with the support of ADCS.

More information

Brighton and Hove Adoption and Permanence Service. Statement of Purpose 2012 / 2013. Registered Manager

Brighton and Hove Adoption and Permanence Service. Statement of Purpose 2012 / 2013. Registered Manager Brighton and Hove Adoption and Permanence Service Statement of Purpose 2012 / 2013 Registered Manager Karen Devine Team Manager Brighton and Hove Council Adoption and Permanence Service Moulsecoomb Hub

More information

PRACTICE GUIDANCE Funded by the Department for Education

PRACTICE GUIDANCE Funded by the Department for Education Fostering for Adoption PRACTICE GUIDANCE Funded by the Department for Education Contents Foreword 3 A child development perspective attachment and the relational world of the early years 4 Concurrent planning

More information

nationalcarestandards

nationalcarestandards nationalcarestandards dignity privacy choice safety realising potential equality and diversity SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE Making it work together nationalcarestandards dignity privacy choice safety realising potential

More information

Fostering Service Statement of Purpose

Fostering Service Statement of Purpose Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services Fostering Service Fostering Statement of Purpose Service Statement of Purpose 2016/17 2016/17 February 2016 Context Reading Borough Council s

More information

THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF DETERMINATIONS (ADOPTION) (WALES) REGULATIONS 2006

THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF DETERMINATIONS (ADOPTION) (WALES) REGULATIONS 2006 REGULATORY APPRAISAL SOCIAL CARE, WALES CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS, WALES THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF DETERMINATIONS (ADOPTION) (WALES) REGULATIONS 2006 Background 1. The Adoption and Children Act 2002 led

More information

SUBMISSION FROM THE CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCIL

SUBMISSION FROM THE CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCIL SUBMISSION FROM THE CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCIL General Principles of the Bill The City of Edinburgh Council is very supportive of the general principles of the Bill. We believe the Bill represents a catching

More information

Adoption Rates Briefing Westminster Hall Debate

Adoption Rates Briefing Westminster Hall Debate Adoption Rates Briefing Westminster Hall Debate November 2011 For further information on TACT s parliamentary work contact, Gareth Crossman, TACT Executive Director of External Affairs, on 020 8695 8120

More information

PROTOCOL FOR CHILDREN RELINQUISHED FOR ADOPTION

PROTOCOL FOR CHILDREN RELINQUISHED FOR ADOPTION Cafcass, Local Authority Adoption Agency and Voluntary Adoption Agency s Joint Protocol PROTOCOL FOR CHILDREN RELINQUISHED FOR ADOPTION This protocol sets out the agreed procedures between Cafcass and

More information

Surrey County Council

Surrey County Council Surrey County Council Inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers Inspection date: 21 October 2014 12 November 2014 Report published: 3 June

More information

PERFORMANCE SUPPORT & MONITORING FRAMEWORK FOR SAFEGUARDERS

PERFORMANCE SUPPORT & MONITORING FRAMEWORK FOR SAFEGUARDERS PERFORMANCE SUPPORT & MONITORING FRAMEWORK FOR SAFEGUARDERS July 2015 2 PERFORMANCE SUPPORT & MONITORING FRAMEWORK Contents Context... 4 Purpose of the Framework... 5 Benefits of the Framework... 5 Basis

More information

Service Level Agreement (terms, conditions and operational protocols) between Real Psychology and Purchasing / Commissioning Organisation:

Service Level Agreement (terms, conditions and operational protocols) between Real Psychology and Purchasing / Commissioning Organisation: www.realgroup.co.uk Innovative psychology services for all Service Level Agreement (terms, conditions and operational protocols) between Real Psychology and Purchasing / Commissioning Organisation: This

More information

Statement of Purpose, Policy, Principles. and. Aims. Dorset County Council. Adoption Services

Statement of Purpose, Policy, Principles. and. Aims. Dorset County Council. Adoption Services Page 1 - Statement of Purpose for the Adoption Service Statement of Purpose, Policy, Principles and Aims Dorset County Council Adoption Services March 2013 1 Page 2 - Statement of Purpose for the Adoption

More information

Adoption Services. Statement of Purpose. Adoption & Permanence Team 47B East Dulwich Road London SE22 9BZ

Adoption Services. Statement of Purpose. Adoption & Permanence Team 47B East Dulwich Road London SE22 9BZ Adoption Services Statement of Purpose Adoption & Permanence Team 47B East Dulwich Road London SE22 9BZ 020 7525 4453 December 2005 SOUTHWARK COUNCIL CHILDREN S DIRECT SERVICES ADOPTION SERVICES - STATEMENT

More information

St Christopher s RC Primary and Nursery School RECEPTION ADMISSION POLICY AND ARRANGEMENTS 2017/2018

St Christopher s RC Primary and Nursery School RECEPTION ADMISSION POLICY AND ARRANGEMENTS 2017/2018 St Christopher s RC Primary and Nursery School RECEPTION ADMISSION POLICY AND ARRANGEMENTS 2017/2018 St Christopher s RC Primary is a Catholic School in the trusteeship of the Diocese of Salford. It is

More information

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose FosteringMatters Statement of Purpose FosteringMatters Limited is an Independent Fostering Agency, incorporated in May 2004, which began trading in September 2004. The three directors, Geoff Mc Kay, Eileen

More information

Cafcass and Independent Reviewing Officer. Protocol for Public Law Work. Independent Reviewing Officer

Cafcass and Independent Reviewing Officer. Protocol for Public Law Work. Independent Reviewing Officer Cafcass and Independent Reviewing Officer Protocol for Public Law Work The Protocol has been developed in response to the need to agree a clear understanding of the statutory roles and interface between

More information

Appendix 1 Action Plan and Progress Against Current Status of Peer Review and Ofsted Fostering Report Recommendations

Appendix 1 Action Plan and Progress Against Current Status of Peer Review and Ofsted Fostering Report Recommendations Appendix 1 Action Plan and Progress Against Current Status of Peer Review and Ofsted Fostering Report Recommendations Peer Review Recommendations Recommendation Timescale Lead officer Actions Evidence/Impact

More information

PRE APPROVAL TRAINING

PRE APPROVAL TRAINING Foster s Training Policy in accordance with Regulation 17 of the Fostering Service Regulations (England) 2011 and Standard 21 of the Fostering Service National Standards 2011 Rochdale MBC Fostering Service

More information

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose London Borough of Newham Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015/2016 Contents 1. Introduction 2. Our vision for children and young people 3. Our objectives 4. Our principles and approach 5. Our staff

More information

Recruitment and Selection Procedure

Recruitment and Selection Procedure Recruitment and Selection Procedure INTRODUCTION The College aims to attract, select and retain the best candidate to any given vacancy within the college. The College is committed to safeguarding and

More information

Somewhere over the rainbow - Review of Adoption. `Somewhere over the rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow - Review of Adoption. `Somewhere over the rainbow `Somewhere over the rainbow Adoption Scrutiny Review Children and Education Scrutiny Committee Cheshire West and Chester Council June 2012 CONTENTS PAGE. 1 Introduction Page 3 2 Task Group details Page

More information

CHILDREN IN NEED OF CARE

CHILDREN IN NEED OF CARE CHILDREN IN NEED OF CARE An overview of the law relating to children Kim Brown, Senior Social Work Practitioner with Anne Peake, Educational Psychologist and Nick Pike, Lecturer in Social Work. CONTENTS

More information