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Further £160m to be invested into government’s National Adoption Strategy

On 03 March 2022 the Department for Education announced a new investment of £160m over three years into the government's National Adoption Strategy, launched in 2021.

The aim of the strategy is to decrease the length of time children spend waiting in care for a permanent adoptive family to be found. This includes better training for 'front line staff' in adoption agencies, improving the process for approving prospective adoptive families and funding targeted recruitment campaigns. Since the plan was introduced last summer, figures have indicated that the number of adoptions taking place has risen; as the number of families approved to adopt has risen from 1,930 in September 2020 to 2,370 by September 2021.

The strategy not only facilitates the adoption process but also provides additional support to adoptive families such as cognitive therapy, family support sessions and activities to help children recover from early-life traumas and assist them in settling into their new families and homes.

The Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, said: 

"The importance of a loving, stable family cannot be overstated, no matter what shape it   takes. Family are crucial in giving children the warmth, background and opportunities they  need to succeed in life.

We launched our National Adoption Strategy last summer, and I'm really encouraged to see it is already having a meaningful impact on the adoption system across the country, as waiting times for children in care reduce and they find the loving homes they need.

Whether it's through investing in adoption and our expanded Family Hub network, or   looking into the findings from the upcoming Care Review, it is my mission to make sure that  family stays at the heart of our policy."

For the government's announcement, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers

05.03.2022