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Adoption Written Answer, 17/05/11 [E/NI/S/W]

Written Answer in the House of Commons on 17 May 2011 given in response to Edward Timpson's (Cons) question asking the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to encourage adoption.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Tim Loughton, replied that the Government expects the adoption system to work effectively for all looked-after children who would benefit from this permanence option and all local authorities to perform at the level of the best. A programme of adoption reform has begun, with revised statutory adoption guidance being published, letters to directors of children’s services and lead members and the Ministerial Advisory Group on Adoption being set up to steer the overall programme. At its next meeting, the group will discuss adoption breakdown and how to help ensure that adoptive families are appropriately supported.

An adoption data pack was recently published to support local authorities in delivering improved adoption outcomes and to help them compare their outcomes with those other local authorities. The Department is also funding two important voluntary sector projects to help improve adoption practices and supporting the British Association for Adoption and Fostering in promoting adoption through national adoption week.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the House of Commons Hansard 17 May 2011 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Commons Hansard 17 May 2011