Laura Sharman 26 May 2015

New measures will force councils to merge adoption functions

New measures will force councils to merge adoption functions image

Councils could be forced to merge their adoption services if they fail to work together of their own accord.

The Government has unveiled new powers to encourage councils to take a regional approach to adoption, such as joining with other authorities or outsourcing adoption functions to a single regional agency.

The powers will be enforced if councils fail to work together as regional adoption agencies within two years.

Children and families minister Edward Timpson, said: ‘By coming together and joining forces, councils can make sure more children are matched with families far quicker - regardless of where they live.’

The Government said the new measures will give councils a greater pool of approved adopters and make vital support services more widely available to adoptive families.

Managing short-term lets image

Managing short-term lets

Deborah Heather explores the issue of homestay rentals and managing short-term lets within council boundaries.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Practitioner - Family Support & Protection

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a England, Essex, Clacton-On-Sea
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Practitioner - Family Support & Protection

Essex County Council
Negotiable
In Essex County Council we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 2018 and been awarded England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Practitioner - Children in Care

Essex County Council
Negotiable
In ECC we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 2018 and been awarded 'Outstanding' by England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

My Options - Casual Personal Assistant (PA) Support Worker

Telford & Wrekin Council
£9.36 per hour
Can you make a positive difference to someone’s life? Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Local Authority Designated Officer LADO

London Borough of Bexley
£48,570 - £55,182 (inclusive of Choices Flexible Benefits of £2,370 pa)
Do you think you have what it takes to join our team of excellent and dedicated social work professionals? Bexleyheath, London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Bexley

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how public sector organisations can unlock the hidden value in their land, and why a new approach to construction could help boost the outcomes of the Government’s One Public Estate programme.

The December issue also considers why learnings from ancient cities could provide the key to promoting wellbeing in the modern built environment. It also contains a case study on how the London Borough of Westminster has provided high quality care for the elderly alongside a block of luxury apartments.

Register for your free digital issue