Coram-i has been working in partnership with Kent County Council since 2012, helping it to improve its adoption service from an inadequate Ofsted judgement (2011) to a Good judgement (2017). Our support has been based on our improvement framework: effective data collection and analysis; robust performance management; and continuously looking at how the service can be improved. This was delivered through our managed-service approach.
In January 2016, Kent resumed management of its adoption service and the focus of our partnership turned to developing further our innovative post-adoption support partnership. Kent’s Post Adoption Support Team (PAST) brings together Kent social workers and Coram clinicians to provide a multi-disciplinary service that works within a psychodynamic developmental therapeutic approach (Conway & Ginkell, 2014) combined with a systemic approach to provide meaningful placement support, a range of therapeutic groups and an ambitious learning and development programme.
We are proud to say that the quality of Kent’s post-adoption support has been described by Ofsted as ‘excellent’ (2017 SIF inspection report), as well as noting the overall improvements the partnership achieved and how an ‘effective oversight of this transition has seen adoption performance improve’.
The quality of post-adoption support is excellent. There is an effective and innovative range of options and services provided by a multi-disciplinary team under partnership arrangements.
Ofsted Report on its Single Inspection of LA children’s services, June 2017
Additionally, the team has also won the Excellence in Adoption Practice award at the 2017 National Adoption Week awards.
More importantly, adopters are extremely positive about the post-adoption support they and their children receive.
The team provides us with much-need therapeutic support. Our family therapist has developed an excellent relationship with our son who responds in a positive way that we have not experienced before. She has provided support through difficult and challenging times, which has been invaluable, we cannot emphasise how excellent this support is
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