Our Campaigning Record
Adoption UK has a proven track record of influence decision-makers at all levels through our campaigning and lobbying efforts. Here is our recent campaigning record and policy stances:
22 November 2017 - The Department for Education announces additional funding for the Adoption Support Fund following a survey by Adoption UK asking parents how the fund is working for them
11 November 2017 - Adoption produces a report into adopted children and exclusions rates in school following a survey of adopters
26 September 2017 - Adoption UK and the BBC conduct a joint investigation into modern-day adoption
August 2017 - Our flagship magazine, Adoption Today, secures an exclusive interview with the Minister for Children & Families, Robert Goodwill MP
15 June 2017 - Adoption UK responds to the National fostering stocktake: a review of the fostering system in England
4 April 2017 - Government announces that adopted children will receive extra support in school as a result of the Children and Social Work Act - Adoption UK's successful lobbying leads to the inclusion of significant provisions for adopted children
26 January 2017 - Changes to the ASF's Fair Access Limit - the existing Fair Access Limit is to continue into 2017/18 with the addition of a sum offered to children requiring specialist assessment
21 December 2016 - Half of CCGs use funds allocated for troubled young people elsewhere - Adoption UK "hugely disappointed" that funding is not reaching the NHS frontline
31 October 2016 - Adoption UK launches its Schools Campaign - we have have joined forces with the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) in a bid to make every school attachment-aware
11 October 2016 - Government announces adopted children will be exempt from tax credit changes - extension of provision that previously only applied to adopted sibling groups
6 October 2016 - Fair Access Limit introduced for the ASF - Adoption UK members stress the importance of the fund
22 August 2016 - Court of Appeal redresses the balance regarding adoption placement orders - Adoption UK welcomes the Court's judgement
December 2015 - Local area SEND consultation: an inspection of local areas' effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of disabled children and young people and those who have special educational needs.
June 2015 - Adoption UK responds to the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) consultation on ‘Children’s Attachment; attachment in children and young people who are adopted from care, in care or at risk of going into care’.
1 October 2013 - The Government announces that the Pupil Premium initiative is to be extended to include adopted children - Adoption UK's response to Pupil Premium funding extension to adopted children
11 September 2013 - The Government announces a £19.3 million fund for adoption support - Adoption UK's response to National Adoption Support Fund
15- 31 May 2013 - Adoption UK conducts survey for Department for Education on adopters' experiences of accessing adoption support. Download our findings here.
24 December 2012 - Our statement on the Government's announcement on support packages - Adoption UK welcomes adoption support packages but fears lack of resources may slow progress
6 December 2012 - Our response to the Government's consultation on adoption and fostering proposals - Adoption and Fostering: tackling delay - Adoption UK consultation response form
13 November 2012 - We are thrilled to welcome Government plans to give adopters equal rights in maternity pay and leave - Adoption UK thrilled at Government plans to give adopters equal rights
October 2012 - The Care Inquiry - On 1 October eight leading charities, including Adoption UK, have joined forces to launch an inquiry into how best to provide stable and permanent homes for children in England who cannot live with their birth families. Download all of The Care Inquiries reports.
Government announces plans to overhaul adoption assessment process
14 March 2012 - the Government published an Action Plan on Adoption that aims to overhaul the adoption system in England for children and prospective adopters, including plans to reform the recruitment, training and assessment process.
The Action Plan will also introduce performance measures for local authorities, a new national gateway for adoption that will provide a first point of contact for anyone interested in adoption and an "in principle" backing of the need to improve the system of adoption support.
In producing the Action Plan on Adoption, the Government was assisted by an Expert Working Group that included Jonathan Pearce, our then Chief Executive.
- The Government's Action Plan on Adoption
- The Expert Working Group's report on redesigning the system