The Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board has commissioned a paper reviewing trends in adoption and special guardian support as part of its ‘Modernising Permanence’ project. The report identifies a range of questions and suggestions for further work, and has led the Board to create two working groups to take this forward. The ‘modernising permanence’ steering group will be thinking about short-term priorities, where changes could make a difference in the near future, and also big and difficult questions which we need to consider over a longer period in order to reach a consensus and move forwards.
The report has also led the Board to create a Special Guardianship task and finish group, which will focus specifically on issues around placement, assessment, and post-order support for special guardians and children. The work of this group will of course feed into the wider ‘modernising permanence’ project, along with supporting the Board’s work following the expansion of its remit to include special guardianship for previously looked-after children in April 2018.