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Ofsted rates Merton’s adoption service as ‘Outstanding’

Ofsted adoptionMerton’s children's services has achieved one of the highest Ofsted inspection ratings making Merton one of the top performing children’s services in London and England. The inspectorate rated children’s services as ‘Good’ overall with some aspects, including the adoption service rated as ‘Outstanding’.

In the Report of the Ofsted Inspection of Merton Council children’s services, (August 2017) Ofsted highlights the success of the service from early identification of children to be adopted to ‘excellent and highly creative’ post adoption support:

“Adoption performance is outstanding, with all children requiring adoption currently placed and no children waiting. Merton has not had an adoption placement breakdown for over five years.”         

“Strategic leaders, managers and social workers have an excellent knowledge about the children in their care, and they are passionate about achieving the very best outcomes.”

“Timely and accurate early identification of children, when adoption is in their best interests, leads to appropriate and prompt family finding… Children benefit from early identification of potential matches with approved adopters, including before the granting of the placement order, and move swiftly to live with their new families following the court decision.”

“The quality of prospective adopter reports is impressive. Child permanence reports are comprehensive and analytical and lead to a logical recommendation for adoption.”

“Appropriate contact with birth families is supported, and children are assisted to understand their life histories at a time and pace that is suitable for them. Life story work is of a consistently high quality.”

“Adoption support is excellent and highly creative. It ensures that adopted children form strong attachments to their families, and potential issues are identified and addressed at the earliest stage.”

For more information about Merton’s adoption service see the webpages:

See also the following main article on Ofsted’s inspection:


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