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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s adoption services recognised for excellence

Published Wednesday, 16th May 2018

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A Government Minister has congratulated Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s adoption team on their performance, for reducing unnecessary adoption delays and improving the outcomes for children.

Following the publication of the national 2014-17 Adoption Scorecards, Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families wrote to the leader of the council to praise the team for meeting government’s timescales for placing children with their adoptive families.

In meeting targets for the second year running, both for time taken to place children with their adoptive families, and for the average time between a local authority receiving a court authority to place a child and deciding on an adoptive family match, the Council has given many local children an improved start in life.

Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families wrote: “I am impressed with the commitment Southend-on-Sea is showing in ensuring that children are found a permanent home without delay and I hope that you can continue to perform strongly in this area.

“There is still more work to be done to improve the national average and we should work together to improve this. I hope you can work with other local authorities, sharing your best practice and driving improvements throughout adoption.”

James Courtenay, Executive Councillor for Children and Learning said: “Matching children to a potential adoptive family is a difficult, considered but positive process, and one whose results quite literally change the world for these children. Our adoption team work with tireless dedication to ensure that children requiring adoptive families have a well-matched, permanent home as soon as possible, and I would like to add my thanks to them for their continued hard work in making such positive changes to young people’s lives.

“The team are pleased that their work has been recognised by Mr Zahawi and are open to sharing their knowledge with other authorities in the future.”