Policy paper

2010 to 2015 government policy: looked-after children and adoption

How the government is reducing the time it takes to adopt and improving the quality of care for all looked-after children.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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This policy paper shows the policy of the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government.

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Published 22 April 2013
Last updated 8 May 2015 + show all updates
  1. Policy document from the 2010 to 2015 government preserved in a different format for reference
  2. Updated the 'actions', 'background' and 'who we've consulted' sections.
  3. Updated the statistic of children in care in England as a result of national statistics up to March 2013. Also added details about the consultation on improving permanence of placements for looked-after children (launched in September 2013), and updated the list of organisations we're working with to support looked-after children.
  4. Added information on changes to the regulations surrounding the approval and assessment of foster carers, introduced on 1 July 2013. Also updated the list of consultations to include the 3 consultations on looked-after children launched on 25 June 2013.
  5. First published.