Local authority adoption decision-makers, children's social workers and the adoption team, Independent reviewing officers, Agency and legal advisers.
On 9 July 2012 Tim Loughton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families wrote to all local authority directors of children's services. The minister urged them to review all children's cases whose legal status is freed for adoption or who are subject to a placement order but whose plan has changed away from adoption.
The letter follows a court judgement about two children whose legal status was freed for adoption but for whom adoption was no longer the plan and no appropriate care plans were in place. The judgement drew specific attention to the failings of the independent reviewing officer who did not monitor the children's care plans and whether their legal status remained appropriate.
Action required and due date
Local authorities should review all children's cases whose legal status is freed for adoption or who are subject to a placement order but whose plan has changed away from adoption to ensure that their care plan and legal status is correct and up to date.