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Bexley Local Offer

Fostering, Adoption and children looked after by the Local Authority

Our services for Fostering, Adoption and Looked After Children have been recently restructure.

Our Fostering Service has been modernised and is more efficient in its approval of new foster carers/Connected persons. New and up to date training has been incorporated for the foster carers to enhance their skills, enabling them to have the harder to place children in their care. There is a designated recruitment team which undertakes assessments and training and the new BAAF stage one, stage two process of assess enables more robust and timelier assessments.

We have also boosted capacity in our Adoption and Permanency Team. This will enable us to improve marketing and recruitment, to ensure we have a good pool of prospective adopters and to ensure we meet new regulatory requirements around timeliness and permanency of placements.

Our new structure will also seek to improve the looked after child’s journey through care by aligning these services within Children’s Social Care. This should improve the transition process, enable effective organisational accountability and provide clear and consistent leadership.

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