Announcing some of these reforms in May 2013, Minister for Children and Families Edward Timpson, claimed prospective adopters had been dissuaded from adopting children in the past because of delays. “So we’re overhauling the system to encourage more people to adopt, and making it swifter, more effective and robust,” he said.
All very commendable. But what happens next? What help do families get to manage the complex needs of children and young people who often have had extremely difficult early life experiences?
There are two answers to that: one theoretical and one based in reality.