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Speeding up adoptions

4 January 2012

Following Treasury’s “rapid review” of adoption services Children’s Minister Tim Laughton has set up a new panel to draw up plans to overhaul and, crucially, speed up the way people are assessed to see if they are suitable to adopt.

Tim Laughton wants social workers to be able to make common sense judgements about people’s suitability to adopt, but I can see trouble ahead if the correct investment is not made to train, support and develop those Practitioners responsible for the task. It’s a complex and sensitive task, and although it could be done faster than is currently the case, care must be taken to ensure that people aren’t allowed to conclude they have a right to adopt no matter how old, unfit or inflexible they may be. The welfare of each child must be paramount.

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