Policy paper

Proposals for placing children with their potential adopters earlier

This document proposes to introduce a new legal duty on local authorities to consider placing a child with carers who are likely to become their permanent carers, where it is clear that a child is unlikely to return home.

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



The Action Plan for Adoption set out the strong evidence base for the importance of ensuring that all children who cannot live with their parents are placed swiftly in the right form of permanent care for them.


  • The case for a focus on infant adoption
  • Early permanence
  • Early permanency through concurrent planning
  • The wider application of concurrent planning principles through ‘Fostering for Adoption’
  • New proposals to promote early permanence
Published 6 July 2012