Integrated Children's System
The National Adoption Standards in England (Department
of Health, 2001) provide the framework for the delivery
of adoption services to children or young people, birth
families, prospective adopters and adoptive parents.
Many of the Standards are already required either by primary
legislation or statutory guidance. The new requirements
under Section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services
Act 1970 are:
The remaining Standards will become statutory guidance
from 1st April 2003.
Children's System Adoption Plan (PDF format)
Completing an Adoption Plan
Where a decision is made in a review that the most appropriate
permanence plan for the child is adoption an Adoption
Plan should be drawn up. The Adoption Plan
outlines the key processes and time-scales and records all
the actions required to complete the adoption process. It
also records the date the child is referred to the National
When completed and signed the Adoption Plan
replaces Part Two of the Care Plan. Where
parallel planning is being pursued for a child or young
person and an Adoption Plan is completed
as part of this process, the Adoption Pan will not replace
Part Two of the Care Plan until such time as it is confirmed
by a review that parallel planning has ended and adoption
is now the only plan.
The Adoption Plan uses the same framework and tabular format
as other plans in the Integrated Children’s System.
In addition, it includes sections which record:
- support for adoptive parents;
- support to birth parents;
- contact arrangements;
- Family Finding Plan and timetable; and
- referral to the National Adoption Register.