The Children and Families Bill aims to level the playing field for all children and young people ‘to succeed, no matter what their background’. It focuses on the need to place children in permanent and stable homes with a loving carer as early as possible, enabling positive attachments to be formed and sustained. Building on the reforms suggested in An Action Plan for Adoption: Tackling Delay, the Bill: promotes ‘fostering for adoption’ so that children are placed sooner with families that are likely to adopt them; ensures that searching for a perfect or partial ethnic match does not become a barrier to finding a child a parent; improves support for adoptive families; and creates a new power for Ministers to drive an increase in adopter recruitment by requiring outsourcing if necessary.
The refocused scrutiny on permanency options means a necessary shift in priorities for care services. They will need to move away from linearity and instead develop internal capabilities to plan effectively within each child’s bigger picture. RedQuadrant have a team of specialists with expertise across all aspects of children’s social care. Building internal capacity and capability is a big part of what we do and our ability to bring in consultants with deep knowledge of specific areas including fostering and adoption means that we are well placed to support local authorities in this re-prioritisation.
If you would like to learn more about how we can help and how our unique approach to permanency planning can bring about real sustainable changes to improve services to children, drop us an email or give us a call for an initial conversation.