According to a new rule implemented by inspectors Ofsted, local authorities in the UK will only be awarded an ‘outstanding’ grade if they implement a maximum of 12 months for the adoption process.
An Ofsted spokeswoman said: “Age is the most significant indicator of a successful adoption; the younger a child is placed the better the outcomes.”
Waiting for years to be placed with a family can have a severe impact on a child’s development and well-being. It can impair their ability to form emotional attachments and prevent them from success later on in life.
The new adoption measures are designed to encourage local authorities to prioritise child placement and to speed up the paperwork. Standards need to be raised to secure a happy, safe future for vulnerable children in care.
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