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Latest adoption scorecards published

Stats set out performance of English local authorities for year to 31st March 2014

The Department for Education has published adoption scorecards for the year ended 31st March 2014. The scorecards show, for example, for all the children within each English local authority who have been adopted during the year ending 31 March, the average length of time (in days) between a child entering care and moving in with his or her adoptive family.

Dr John Simmonds, Director for Policy Research & Development at the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) commented:

"The Scorecards are an important reminder of the challenges to local authorities in ensuring that their planning and decision making for this most vulnerable group of children are rigorous and focussed.  Minimising delay, ensuring that the right adopters are available and the right decisions are made about which child is placed with which family could not be more important.

"Scorecards should provide an opportunity to learn, reflect and bring improvement if that is required.  But it is also important to recognise that underneath every scorecard statistic, there is an individual child, individual adopters or couples and their making of a lifelong family relationship with each other."

The methodology and guidance document and the scorecards themselves are available here.