Regionalisation of adoption services

​Date:19/09/2016

ref: PR 8350

Wakefield Council’s Cabinet are to discuss the Government’s plans to regionalise the adoption services.

On Tuesday 27 September, the Council’s key decision makers will consider the proposals for changes to adoption services in the region as contained within the Government’s Education and Adoption Act 2016.

The report to Cabinet recommends that the Council supports the proposals to establish a Regional Adoption Agency and the creation of a West Yorkshire Regional Adoption Agency.

As part of the plans, the Council will work collaboratively with other Local Authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region so that expertise and skills can be shared. The government hopes regionalisation will help to improve the timeliness of placing children and improve adoption support.

 Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “The regionalisation of adoption services will help reduce waiting times for children being adopted by working with other local authorities to make better use of resources to find adopters and match children to families quickly.

Working more closely together will also help increase the number of adopters that are recruited and improve the quality and availability of post-adoption support.”

If the report is approved, the Council will support Leeds City Council to become the host authority for the West Yorkshire Regional Adoption Agency. It is then proposed that Wakefield Council staff that provide adoption services will transfer under TUPE to the host authority.

It is anticipated that the West Yorkshire Regional Adoption Agency will be in place by April 2017.