The Future of Adoption: Meeting the increased demand on the system
10 Jul 2012
Broadcast from London

Headline Speakers

Through the publication of the Adoption Action Plan, the Government is introducing measures to reduce delays in the adoption process. These reforms include measures to check progress based on 15 key performance indicators (KPIs).

But how will councils and adoption agencies need to adapt their work processes? How will teams hit these KPIs while continuing to provide the best care provision?
 
By watching this one-day conference, you’ll learn from adoption teams highlighted as being 'outstanding' - based on the Government's 15 key performance indicators.
 
You’ll also be able to develop a winning strategy to ensure every child in your care has the best chance to find the right parents fast.

 

Programme
09:50
David Akinsanya, Campaigner and Broadcaster
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

10:00
Oliver Clarke, Adoption and Children in Care Strategy Team, Department for Education
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Looking to a future of secure, stable placements

10:15
David Holmes, Chief Executive, BAAF
Adoption - challenges and opportunities

10:30
Anthony Douglas, Chief Executive, CAFCASS
Avoiding delays in adoption outcomes for children

10:45
Questions and discussion
11:00
Break
11:25
Matthew Brazier, National Adviser, Looked-After Children, Performance and Surveys Team, Ofsted
Right on time

11:45
Dame Gillian Pugh DBE, Chair of the National Children's Bureau
The family justice review: preparing for the requirements

12:05
Lisa Holmes, Assistant Director, Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University
The true cost of in-house and outsourced placements

12:25
Panel discussion:
• Will slimming down pre-adoption assessments lead to unsuitable adopters slipping through the net? • The risks of time pressures versus the security of placement.

12:50
Break
13:50
Practically recruiting adopters
Morag Darnborough, Senior Communication and Recruitment Manager;
Joanne Hardman, Adoption Team Leader, Families for Children, Glasgow City Council

14:10
Jonathan Pearce, Chief Executive, Adoption UK
An holistic approach to adoption support

14:30
Helen Watson, Corporate Director Children, Adults and Families, South Tyneside Council
Preventing delays and meeting children’s needs for permanency

14:50
Pete Dwyer, Director of Adults, Children and Education, City of York Council
Excelling the Government’s 15 key indicators for success

15:10
Questions and discussion
15:20
Break
15:40
Satwinder Sandhhu, Director of Adoption, PACT
Supporting adopters to take more challenging sibling groups and children with disabilities