Through this project, we intended to enhance the wellbeing of children who could not live safely at home, focusing in particular on cases where adoption was the permanence plan. Life chances for these children were expected to increase as less time would be spent in care. This would include particularly those children with the most complex needs, who would achieve stability and permanence at a younger age than had previously been the case.
We wanted to improve local authority service capacity and capability by extending and accelerating the implementation of a bespoke data-led and practice-based approach to adoption in two local authorities. We aimed to generate practice improvement by using Coram consultancy alone or by introducing a Coram managed service model. Once exemplary practice principles and methods modelled were confirmed as effective at the local level, we would replicate this nationally.
Due to the success of our project, we have been awarded a further £916,000 over 2 years to apply the expertise gained from our successful adoption improvement work to permanency planning and finding long-term foster placements with four local authorities.
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