On 7 July 2011 Tim Loughton announced that Martin Narey will be appointed as the new ministerial advisor on adoption. The appointment is part of the Government’s wider programme of reform in adoption.
The advisor has been asked to help raise awareness of the need to increase the number of adoptions in England, where this in the child’s best interests, and reduce delays in the system. This will involve promoting the identification and sharing of good practice by the whole adoption sector; and stronger collaboration between local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies and the courts.
During the course of his appointment, the advisor will visit some local authorities who may be struggling with their adoption processes to provide advice and support on improving services; and to undertake some thematic studies on particular aspects of the adoption system causing concern, such as why black children face particular delays in being placed for adoption.
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