Adoption: Norfolk

Education written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham Conservative, North West Norfolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Education

(1) how many children were put up for adoption by Norfolk County Council social services against the wishes of their birth family in each of the last 10 years;

(2) how many applications to foster or adopt were made by relatives of the child's parents in (a) North West Norfolk constituency, (b) Norfolk and (c) the UK in each of the last 10 years; and how many such applications were successful in each area and in each year.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Information on looked-after children for whom the local authority has made the decision that the child should be placed for adoption and the number of children who were placed for adoption at 31 March by Norfolk county council social services without the consent of their parent or guardian can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/children-looked-after-in-england-including-adoption

The Department for Education started collecting information on children placed for adoption broken down by parental consent from local authorities in England in 2007; therefore, information prior to this period is not available. Information on children for whom the local authority has made the decision that they should be placed for adoption is only available from 2009.

The Department does not collect information on applications to foster or adopt. However, Ofsted collect a range of information on the numbers and profile of foster carers and foster places and placements, in both local authority and independent services, through their annual collection of data relating to adoption services. 2013 Ofsted data can be found at:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/fostering-quality-assurance-and-data-forms-2012-13-first-statistical-release

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