The College of Social Work Children and Families Bill joint survey with the NSPCC

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College of Social Work; NSPCC
College of Social Work, The
Date of publication
1 September 2013
Children and Young People, Families, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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In September 2013 the College of Social Work Children conducted a joint survey with the NSPCC which sought to establish the views of social workers on issues arising from the Children and Families Bill just before the legislation was due to be debated by the House of Lords.

Social workers overwhelming regard age as important when determining the most appropriate form of permanence for looked after children. While social workers recognise the suitability of fostering for adoption for younger children – they believe it is unlikely or very unlikely to result in a good outcome for a child who is aged 10 or over. The Government’s focus on fostering for adoption is therefore not meeting the needs of all children in the care system. The majority of respondents regard the current provision for adoption as good or very good, however have concerns over the provision of support for kinship care and special guardianships – this imbalance needs to be urgently addressed to meet the needs of all children in the care system.

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