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What does our data tell us about what is happening in the adoption system?

The view of the Adoption Leadership Board


April 2017

This paper looks at recent trends in adoption and permanency decision-making and highlights differences in the number of decisions for adoption in different areas of England. Data collected by the Adoption Leadership Board suggests that while the fall in decisions for adoption and placement orders seems to have halted, this masks a high degree of variation in decision-making at a local and regional level. The paper also highlights that there are nearly 600 children with placement orders that have been waiting for 18 months or more since entering care.