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Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board



About the Board

The Adoption Leadership Board (ALB) was established in 2014 to provide leadership to the adoption system and drive improvements in performance. In 2018 the Board became the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board (ASGLB), with a remit to cover previously looked after children subject to adoption or special guardianship orders. Coram-i is contracted by the DfE to provide a management and secretariat service for the ASGLB from 1 July 2019.

The ASGLB is made up of representatives from the adoption and permanence system in England and is chaired by Andrew Christie CBE, who was appointed by the Education Secretary in March 2016. Andrew has over 40 years’ experience on the front line of children’s social care and is also Chair of the Birmingham Children’s Trust. Previously, Andrew has acted as Chair of the Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board, the Executive Director of Children’s Services for London’s Tri-borough area, and as Chair of Health, Care and Additional Needs Policy Committee at ADCS. A list of the current Board members can be found below.

Any information published by the Board will be made available via this site, so keep checking it for updates. In particular, we will publish analysis of the quarterly data returns on adoption and special guardianship.

Board members

Name Organisation Position
Andrew Christie ASGLB Chair
Rachel Dickinson ADCS President
Charlotte Ramsden ADCS Chair of Health, Care and Additional Needs Policy Committee
Sue Armstrong-Brown Adoption UK Chief Executive
John Simmonds CoramBAAF Director
Maggie Jones CVAA Chief Executive Officer
Fran Oram DfE Director of Children’s Social Care, Practice and Workforce
Cathy Ashley Family Rights Group Chief Executive Officer
Lucy Peake Grandparents Plus Chief Executive Officer
Cllr Susie Charles LGA Chair of the Children and Young People’s Board
Teresa Williams CAFCASS Director of Strategy
Mrs Justice Judd Judicial Observer

A diagram of the various components of the ASGLB is available to download

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