Dr Heather Ottaway interviewed regarding implications of new National Adoption Service for Wales
6 November 2014
Dr Heather Ottaway, Centre for Family Policy and Child Welfare at the School for Policy Studies, was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales show on 1 November 2014, discussing the new National Adoption Service in Wales and its implications for the provision of comprehensive adoption support services.
Dr Heather Ottaway, Centre for Family Policy and Child Welfare at the School for Policy Studies, was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales show on 1 November 2014, discussing the new National Adoption Service in Wales and its implications for the provision of comprehensive adoption support services. The new National Adoption Service launches on 5th November.
Dr Ottaway was the lead investigator for a Welsh Government commissioned report (while at Cardiff University) about adoption support services in Wales. The study found that access to high quality adoption support provision was patchy across Wales, particularly in relation to accessing therapeutic support for adopted children and their families. The study also found that while adoption agencies were working very hard to meet the support needs of those affected by adoption, limited resourcing - both financial and people - impacted on the type and level of services offered. Support often had to fit in to existing services rather than being responsive to individual needs. Although a majority of families who received support were satisfied, access to services was difficult, with some adoptive parents feeling judged or blamed for their child's difficulties. The full report can be downloaded here: http://wales.gov.uk/topics/health/publications/socialcare/reports/adoption-support/?lang=en
A key aim of the new service will be to provide consistent and comprehensive adoption support services across all the regions of Wales. However, there are still significant challenges related to funding the report's recommendations, particularly in light of the budget constraints in place across the country. There are also concerns that Welsh adopters may choose to adopt in England given the potential for increased adoption support through the new Adoption Support Fund.
The programme can be listened to at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04mb56x. Dr Ottaway is interviewed by Peter Johnson at 10.05 minutes.