Adoption service praised in report

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ADOPTION workers in Sheffield have been given a glowing report for the hard work they do.

The city council’s adoption team has been praised following its tri-annual Ofsted inspection by Government officials.

Over all the services were rated good with some excellent practice.

Ofsted inspectors said: “The service has a high profile within the council and partnership working is well developed.

“It has clear plans, both at strategic and operational levels, to improve outcomes for children. Outcomes for children are good and they receive individualised care and support which reflects their needs well.”

Inspectors also felt the service was effectively and efficiently managed and staff were competent and committed to achieving the best for their children.

They also praised work done to address recommendations following the last inspection - health and safety checklists are now wider ranging and new information packs for adopters have been developed.

But inspectors said life story books provided for children being adopted could be improved.

And they have asked the service to implement an effective strategy to recruit prospective adopters which can best meet the needs of children for whom adoption is the plan.

Inspectors also praised the service for its work to help protect children from harm or neglect and helping them stay safe.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Our adoption team do some excellent work and often go unsung. It is great to see them getting the praise they truly deserve for the hard work they do.

“It is essential to make sure children and families going through adoption have the best measures in place to make sure this is as smooth and trouble-free process as possible.”