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SOCIAL WORKERS URGED TO SEE ADOPTION AS POSITIVE OPTION

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Delays of up to three years in being placed with adoptive parents are making children insecure, according to a gove...
Delays of up to three years in being placed with adoptive parents are making children insecure, according to a government study, reports the Times (p8).

Sir Herbert Laming, chief inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate, which produced the study, has issued instructions to local authorities insisting that social workers should consider adoption as a positive and viable option for children in care.

The Inspectorate said that many social workers still believe the best future for a child is with its natural parents.

The inspectorate studied practices in six local authorities before publishing For Child's Sake to be used as guidance for all social services directors.
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