Council praised by Minister for strong adoption performance
Telford & Wrekin Council has been praised by a government minister for its continued strong performance on adoption timeliness.
-In a letter to the council, Nadhim Zahawi MP – the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families – says the council’s performance has improved the outcomes for children in the borough.
He says newly published adoption scorecards for the period 2015-18 show Telford and Wrekin has met the government’s threshold for the time taken to place children with their adoptive families.
The council has also met the threshold for the average time between receiving a court authority to place a child and deciding on a match to an adoptive family for children adopted in 2015-18.
Mr Zahawi – the MP for Stratford on Avon - adds that the council’s performance has reduced unnecessary delays.
“I am delighted with the work Telford and Wrekin has done to ensure that children are found a permanent home without delay and I hope you can continue to perform strongly in this area,” says Mr Zahawi’s letter.
“Although the national average is steadily improving, there is still more that can be done and I hope that through your work with North Midlands Regional Adoption Agency, you are able to have an impact on other local authorities by sharing best practice and driving improvement throughout adoption.”
The letter also recognises that the council’s Director of Children’s Services, Clive Jones, has been working closely with the West Midlands Regional Improvement and Support Lead in areas of children’s social care and also plays an active role in the Regional Improvement Alliance.
Mr Jones said: “We welcome recognition of our performance, achieved in partnership with Shropshire Council, which hosts our joint adoption service.
“We look forward to working with the North Midlands Regional Adoption Partnership (made up of Shropshire Council, Stoke on Trent Council, Staffordshire County Council and ourselves) to make further improvement to practice in this area.”