Ofsted chief questioned by Lords on adoption

23 October 2012

Joining Mr Goldup for the session at 10.15 am will be Matthew Brazier, Ofsted’s National Adviser for Looked After Children and author of the recent report ‘Right on time – exploring delays in adoption’. 


At 10.15, Tuesday 23 October 2012, Committee Room 3a, Palace of Westminster

  • John Goldup, Deputy Chief Inspector, Education, Children’s Services and Skills, and Matthew Brazier, National Adviser for Looked After Children, Ofsted
  • Mark Rogers, Chief Executive Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Following on, at 11.15 am, the Committee will hear from Mark Rogers, Chief Executive Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and children’s lead for the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE).

The witnesses are likely to face questions from the Committee on issues including:

  • reasons for delay in placing children for adoption and why these delays differ widely between local authorities
  • whether the current structure for adoption services is too fragmented;
  • the effectiveness of adoption scorecards in driving performance improvements
  • the feasibility of using social impact bonds to fund adoption services, including post-adoption support
  • the importance of political leadership in driving improvement in adoption services

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