Published: 11/12/2012 09:57 - Updated: 11/12/2012 10:34

Bedford rated top for adoption

Written byRACHAEL WEST

The Central Government’s Adoption Scorecard figures have ranked Bedford Borough in the top 4% of Local Authorities in England for adoption services.

Bedford Borough CouncilBedford came 6th out of 152 authorities in England for the average time between a local authority receiving court authority to place a child and the local authority deciding on a match to an adoptive family.

The Department for Education (DfE) data also revealed that Bedford Borough Council was ranked 23rd out of 152 authorities in England for the average time between a child entering care and moving in with an adoptive family.

Cllr Sue Oliver, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Social Care at Bedford Borough Council, said: “I would like to thank the Borough’s dedicated managers and social work teams who have worked hard to secure these outcomes which have even topped last year’s impressive results.”

The scorecards are a means to the government’s tougher approach to addressing underperformance in the adoption system. The new assessment process reduces bureaucracy and the delays which put off potential adopters and slow down the finding of loving homes for children.

Adoption Scorecard data reveals that Bedford Borough were one of 71 Local Authorities in England that have fully met the Scorecard thresholds.

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