The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is seeking examples of good practice in supporting families with children aged 0-5 who are adopted or in early permanence placements, and who have needs relating to physical disability, learning disability or autism. Specifically, we are interested in children whose needs only become fully apparent to parents/carers after the child's placement with them, during the 0-5 age range. This may be because needs had not yet emerged or were previously unidentified or not fully understood. Examples may refer to any relevant support delivered or commissioned by a local authority statutory service, including post-adoption support and the SEND Local Offer. 

Why is CDC seeking practice examples?
This call is part of a project aiming to identify and share good practice in local areas where partnership working ensures that young children’s additional needs are recognised and addressed post-adoption.

The Children and Families Act 2014 introduced new duties upon agencies to work together to support families of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Statutory guidance on Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked-after children sets out how the health of children placed for adoption should be protected and promoted. We have so far identified limited recent evidence on how such duties are realised to reduce the risk of adoption disruption for families in the circumstances described.

Who is this call for?
  • Managers, social workers and medical advisers in local authority adoption services or voluntary adoption agencies across England
  • Independent reviewing officers
  • Managers or social workers in disabled children’s teams and SEN teams
  • Relevant health and education professionals.
We encourage others working with colleagues listed above to share this survey with them.

How will information that I give be used?

Selected examples will be followed up and professionals invited to reflect on and showcase practice more fully via interviews.
Our project report will also feature findings from existing research and our engagement with adoptive parents. Individual professional perspectives will be anonymised in the report. We may request to feature certain practice in case study format, in which case you'll be asked to review and approve it on behalf of all agencies involved.
This survey will ask for your contact details, to be used for the purposes of clarification and to offer information about next steps for this project.

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