The Queen's Speech 2015
Published: 27.05.15Read more about the Government's Education and Adoption Bill in today's Queen's speech. See highlights on adoption below. (full details on page 40-41)
The purpose of the Bill is to:
- Give all children the best possible start in life.
- Introduce measures that will enable us to deliver regional adoption agencies
The main benefits of the Bill would be:
- It would increase the scale at which adoption services are delivered, by introducing regional adoption agencies. These agencies will work across local authority boundaries to match children without delay.
The main elements of the Bill are:
- The Bill would give the Secretary of State a new power to direct one or more named local authorities to make arrangements for any or all of their adoption functions to be carried out on their behalf by one of the local authorities named or by another agency. In practice, this means that the Secretary of State can direct a number of local authorities to have adoption functions carried out on their behalf in order to create regional adoption agencies.
- When directing local authorities, the Secretary of State can list which adoption functions the arrangements should relate to. The functions which can be specified in a direction are functions in relation to: the recruitment, assessment and approval of prospective adopters; decisions about which prospective adopters a child should be matched with; and the provision of adoption support services.