2,000 pages of red tape in way of adoption
Published 10 Jun 2012 08:00 2 Comments
READING'S adoption services will come under the spotlight on Monday at a meeting of the ruling Labour cabinet.
A report will set out the findings of an inspection earlier this year and concludes the Reading Borough Council service is performing well against a backdrop of "bureaucratic and highly complicated" national legislation and guidance. But it makes a number of recommendations for improvement.
These include strengthening recruitment of adopters, which the council is planning to achieve by launching an advertising campaign, and the speed at which the service assess potential adoptive parents.
Children's service leader, Cllr John Ennis, said: 'This is extremely good news that adoption services in Reading are performing well but we must not take our foot off the gas. There is still much work to do."
The report highlights how staff have to be mindful of at least 15 pieces of legislation and more than 2,000 pages of guidance. But inspectors found that in 2010-11, 100% of adoption places were completed within the required 12 months of a child being taken into care and last year, 83% were finalised - against the national target of 80%.
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Jun 10, 09:43
The red tape is there to protect children not to mention a monitoring of (an ever increasing) populace. One need only wander down Friar Street to see the opposite end of the spectrum. Or to be precise parenting skills that consist of jobless dregs supping all day in a Wetherspoons establishment whilst being propped up by the taxpayer...
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Jun 11, 10:09