The numbers of Wiltshire children in care being placed with adoptive families has risen, and the time it takes to place children with adopted families is quicker according to a new report.
Wiltshire Council’s Adoption Scorecard shows continued improvement in all key areas in the three year period from 2013 – 2016. Latest figures for 2017 also show children are being placed with adoptive families much quicker than the national average.
Figures from the latest adoption scorecard show:
- The time between receiving court authority to place a child and finding a match is 158 days in Wiltshire from 2013 – 2016 compared to the England average of 226 days
- In 2016/17, 33 children were adopted and of those, 30 (91%) were placed within 12 months of the decision that adoption was in their best interest.
Wiltshire Council cabinet member for children, Laura Mayes said: “One of this council’s most important roles is to protect those who are most vulnerable and I’m pleased these figures show we are making a positive difference in these young people’s lives.
“We will only place children with families when we are sure it is right for the child. These figures show we are on the right track but we will always look at ways to improve so our children continue to have the right support as we match them with the right family for them.”
The adoption agency report comes as a move to create a more regional approach to adoption is being implemented in line with government requirements for local authorities to work more collaboratively together.
Adoption West is the local response to this initiative made up of six local authorities and locally operating voluntary adoption agencies. The first stage of implementation is planned for the autumn of 2017.
Wiltshire Council is an Adoption West partner that is working collaboratively and regionally to ensure a whole service approach to prevent delay in securing appropriate adoptive placements for children in a timely and safe way.
The report on the adoption scorecard and latest progress with Adoption West was reported to cabinet today (3 July).