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Are older children in care too difficult to place? They’d better not be!

12 January 2012

We’ve seen a lot of publicity recently about the Government’s intention to make the adoption process easier and faster, but for the most part the focus has been on placing babies and young children.

This week brings news that the needs of older children are being forgotten and that it is a concern that deserves to be taken seriously.

Since 1999 it has be possible for children to bring claims against local authorities for failing to secure appropriate arrangements which are in Looked After Children’s short and long term best interests. Failure to do so could be the subject of long, expensive and protracted litigation – something which we are seeing a lot more of.

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