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Adoption system failings harm children’s life chances

The adoption system in England is not working for children. There is overwhelming evidence that adoption is an excellent permanence option for children who had the toughest of starts in life. Yet, despite record numbers of looked-after children, only 2,870 adoptions were made in 2020/21 compared with 5,360 in 2015.

Commissioning Care – Research evidence: Sufficiency report

This report provides analysis of all up-to-date local authority sufficiency strategies with a focus on identifying the main perceived challenges for councils to meet their sufficiency duty, what actions are being undertaken or planned to improve commissioning outcomes, and perceived negative consequences associated with using certain commissioning or market shaping approaches.

Commissioning Care: Special Report

Recommendations in the Care Review aim to improve co-ordination and management in the care market while driving down costs for councils, but some believe the proposals do not go far enough.

Foster care: policy context

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  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Latest Department for Education data on looked-after children shows that 71 per cent of the 80,850 children in care in 2020/21 were in foster placements, down on the 75 per cent peak in 2015.

Matching in foster care and how we can improve it

The process of “matching” children and young people in care to their foster carers is a pivotal moment in the care journey; a good “match” decision, process of sharing information, and process of moving into the household can help a child feel safe, loved, and happy. In the UK, the majority of children in care live in fostering households and are affected by matching.

Foster Care: Special Report

While the number of fostering households has gone up, the range of carers available is not always able to meet the complex needs of children, with the system described as being at "breaking point".