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SPS academic advises on Government Adoption plan report

14 March 2012

The government today (14/03/12) launched the Action Plan for Adoption: Tackling Delay (PDF, 251.5 kB).The action plan sets out a range of proposals to speed up the process for children; to overhaul the service for prospective adopters; and to strengthen local accountability for the timeliness of adoption services.    Dr Julie Selwyn, of the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care, was the only academic advisor sitting on the expert working group that advised on the document.

The government today (14/03/12) launched the Action Plan for Adoption: Tackling Delay (PDF, 251kB).The action plan sets out a range of proposals to speed up the process for children; to overhaul the service for prospective adopters; and to strengthen local accountability for the timeliness of adoption services.  

 Dr Julie Selwyn, of the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care, was the only academic advisor sitting on the expert working group that advised on the document.

Key partners from across the adoption sector were part of the working group that sought to advise on the redesign of the process from initial enquiry through to assessment, with a view to moving swiftly to a position where there is a pool of approved adoptive parents who are able to meet the needs of the children awaiting adoption. Research from Bristol academics (also including Elaine Farmer and emeritus Professor David Quinton) is referred to and quoted throughout  the document.

The working group has developed a set of reform proposals which build on existing best practice, and a revised assessment form which the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) will pilot with the sector over the coming months. A summary of the working group's proposals, which include a national gateway to adoption and a new shorter two-stage approval process, is included in the document along with the Government's response.

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