Issue details

Establishing Regional Adoption Arrangements in South London

National policy (Education and Adoption Act 2016) is to expect local authority adoption services to be delivered on a regional/sub regional basis by 2020. Such arrangements are expected to support better children in securing adoptive families through more effective and better coordinated services, including recruitment and assessment of prospective adopters, improving the quality of post adoption support and reducing the length of time children wait to be adopted.
Lambeth is proposing to establish, with 8 other South London authorities, one sub regional adoption agency, hosted by Southwark. This will be one of four sub regional adoption agency. This will require Cabinet agreement to a business case which will set out financial, staffing and service change implications

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: 2. Financial;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 03/08/2018

Decision due: 17 Dec 2018 by Cabinet

Lead member: Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite

Lead director: Strategic Director: Children's Services

Department: Children's Services

Contact: Annie Hudson, Strategic Director: Children's Services Email:

Agenda items


  • Establishing Regional Adoption Arrangements in South London