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Official praise for Stockport’s adoption service

by Iain Roberts on 10 March, 2015

Stockport Council has received a letter from Edward Timpson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, congratulating us on the performance of our adoption service following publication of the 2014 Adoption Scorecards.

The Council has met the Government’s threshold for the time taken to place children with their adoptive parents. In doing so, we have reduced the time children wait between entering care and being placed. We have also reduced the time between gaining a placement order and matching children with their adoptive family.

The average time between entering care and moving in with the adoptive family is 539 days. This puts us second among our statistical neighbours.

We are third best across Greater Manchester:

Tameside 536 days
Oldham 538 days
Stockport 539 days
Bolton 546 days
Salford 575 days
(England ave 628 days)
Bury 679 days
Manchester 693 days
Wigan 694 days
Rochdale 704 days
Trafford 737 days

Trafford are the worst performing authority in Greater Manchester. Children their take almost 200 days longer to reach their adoptive family – “on average spending over 28 weeks longer in care than a child in Stockport”.

All figures are the three year average, calendar years 2011-2014.

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