Adoption

Education written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster Conservative, Milton Keynes North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the rate of disruption in adoption services within the (a) UK and (b) Milton Keynes unitary authority area.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Data on adoption disruption following the making of an adoption order is not held centrally. I have recently commissioned the university of Bristol to carry out an investigation of adoption breakdown following the making of an adoption order; this will help us to understand better the reasons why adoptions do break down.

Data collected by this Department (for England only) shows that of the 2,700 children placed for adoption at 31 March 2007, 4% left that placement without being adopted by the original prospective adopter though nearly 1% were subsequently adopted by other prospective adopters.

Data for individual local authorities cannot be provided for confidentiality reasons due to the very small numbers of children leaving placements other than for adoption.

When Ofsted last inspected Milton Keynes unitary authority in 2009, they stated the adoption disruption rate in that authority was "very low".

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