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The adoption of looked after maltreated children in England: challenges, opportunities and outcomes

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Original languageEnglish
JournalDeveloping Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal
DateAccepted/In press - 15 Oct 2017
DatePublished (current) - 1 Dec 2017


This keynote focuses on adoption as an intervention for young children in care who typically have been maltreated and are unable to return safely to their birth families. Over the last five years, adoption services in England have been reformed and agencies have experienced a period of rapid change. The reforms have brought professional challenges, anxiety and concerns about the speed and content of the reforms, but also opportunities to re-think how adoption services should be delivered in the 21st century. Before looking at the reforms, the context of adoption in England will be set out, as well as the reasons why adoption is the
preferred option, when there are no suitable relatives able to care for the child.

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