Government praises local adoption services

Release Date: 14 May 2018

The quality and timeliness of adoption services delivered to children and families in the borough has been praised in the Government’s latest Adoption Scorecards.

Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families said he was ‘particularly impressed with the commitment Richmond upon Thames is showing in ensuring that children are found a permanent home without delay.’ And hoped the service ‘can work with other local authorities, sharing your best practice and driving improvements throughout adoption.’

Adoption services Richmond are delivered by Achieving for Children.

Achieving for Children has met the government’s thresholds for both the time taken to place children with their adoptive families, and for the average time between receiving a court authority to place a child and deciding on a match to an adoptive family for the second consecutive year.

Cllr Penny Frost, Cabinet Member Designate for Children’s Services and Schools said:

“It is great to see Achieving for Children receive such a strong endorsement of the outstanding and dedicated adoption service provided to children and young people in this borough, something to be extremely proud of.

“Ensuring vulnerable children and families receive the highest quality service and support is hugely important and we remain committed to working with our partners to ensure the quality of this service remains at these high levels.”  

Robert Henderson, Director of Children's Service at Achieving for Children said:

“Children who need to be adopted are some of our most vulnerable children. Providing them with a permanent loving family as soon as possible is some of the most important and humbling work that Children Services do.

“I am thankful to adopters, staff and the courts in helping us achieve so well in ensuring children are adopted early. I also thank the Government for recognising the hard work and commitment of Achieving for Children in meeting national targets.”

Notes for editors

It is anticipated Cllr Frost will be elected Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Schools at the Annual Full Council meeting on the 22 May 2018.

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Reference: P247/18

Updated: 31 May 2018