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ADOPTION PRACTICES COME UNDER FIRE

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Councils are struggling to meet the challenge of changing adoption practices, according to the Social Services Insp...
Councils are struggling to meet the challenge of changing adoption practices, according to the Social Services Inspectorate.

A report on voluntary agencies finds adoption is now less about placing babies with families and more about older children with 'increasingly complex and troubled backgrounds and histories'.

Inspectors strongly criticise the way social services departments are coping with this situation and say they will not be able to fulfil government plans without 'close collaboration' with voluntary agencies.

'Many departments have struggled to meet the challenges. Inspections of local authority adoption services have shown them to be variable in quality and often to have a low profile within child care services,' the report says.

Some departments could not properly evaluate adoption work, and planning and decision making was uneven. 'Strategic planning was poor or absent and in many departments had become marginalised.'
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