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Wolverhampton Council 'failing' on adoption say Lib Dems

November 10, 2019 12:03 PM
By Nick Machnik-Foster
  • The Liberal Democrats argue they are shining a light on Labour-run council's failings and is urging urgent improvements. Wolverhampton Council is 'failing' on adopted children blasted the city Lib Dems after figures came to light that shows the council is six months late on getting children to adoptive families. The council is failing to hit government guidelines say the party.


The average time between a child entering care and moving in with its adoptive family in the city is a massive 617 days. That is 191 days, or six months over government guidelines.

The average is 486 days throughout England. The figures also show the council is 93 days worse than Sandwell, 144 days worse than Walsall and 92 days worse than Coventry.

This all makes the city amongst the worst authorities in England for waits for an adoptive child to join a new family.

The government created 'scorecards' for councils on the proportion of all the children that have either been adopted during the year ending 31 March or those still going through the adoption process (i.e. with an agency decision maker's decision that they should be adopted) who have waited less than 14 months (426 days) between entering care and moving in with their adoptive family (if adopted or placed for adoption).

The figures also show it takes, on average 2 months longer to conclude care proceedings in the city than the English average.

When the scorecards were created in 2012, the then Education Secretary, Michael Gove said local authorities must be held to account over adoptions. He said, "I believe scorecards will shine a light on which authorities are doing well and which ones need to improve."

Commenting, Liberal Democrat campaigner Leyla Abbes said:

"These figures are awful but behind them are hundreds of stories of children who will have been through some horrific times and now want a new home but the council is failing them.

"But because the council cannot get their act in order, it means that these kids have to wait longer than kids just down the road.

"All these children want is a new start, a family to love them and a chance to achieve their full potential. The idea that they are being held back by bureaucracy and incompetence makes me angry.