Education written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland Conservative, South Swindon

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the publication of local authority adoption scorecards; and if he will make a statement.

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

We have received a range of representations about the publication of the adoption scorecards.

We worked with national organisations such as the Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) as we developed proposals for the scorecards, and plans for their publication. Those organisations and other national adoption organisations commented publicly when the proposals were announced in the Adoption Action Plan and when the first set of scorecards was published. Their comments are available on their websites.

Since we published the scorecards we have been meeting local authorities where the data in the scorecard raise concerns. The local authorities we have met have given us their views about the scorecard. Some local authorities have expressed concern about the use of scorecards focused on adoption timeliness, while others have found it a useful prompt for assessing their performance and developing plans for improvement.

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