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Summary

The DfE has published controversial new ‘adoption scorecards’, highlighting three indicators of how quickly each local authority places children in need of adoption. They are described as ‘a key plank in the Government’s tougher approach to addressing underperformance in the adoption system’, and the Children’s Minister has said “we won’t hesitate to intervene where the worst cases of delays are not tackled effectively”.

Local government leaders, however, have criticised the scorecards, saying “the data fails to provide a sound basis for comparison across local authority areas” and that “Councils simply cannot risk shifting their focus from the quality of placements to the speed of placements”. (LAs may wish to ensure that this briefing is circulated widely to elected members.)

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