Panel Papers Required by Adoption Panels/Agency Decision Maker Considering the Adoption of a Child
AMENDMENTIn August 2016, an updated version of the separate Guidelines for Papers and Reports for ADM Decision was added.
1. Papers Required by Adoption Panels/Agency Decision Maker Considering the Adoption of a ChildIntranet.
2. Adoption Panel for the Relinquished Child
(Responsibility - Social Worker for the child)
The author of the Child's Permanence Report should attend Panel (where applicable) along with his/her Team Manager.
Based on a full consideration of the papers and discussion the Adoption Panel will recommend:
- Whether or not adoption is the appropriate plan;
- Issues of adoption support services;
- On occasion, the Panel may defer making a decision until more information about the child or birth family is obtained;
- Should amendments be required on child's report, they must be completed before a child can be considered for matching. The fact that there is an update of addendum (dated) must be clearly noted on the front of the Child's Permanence Report and the original CPR amended within the body of the Report;
- Recent case law must be taken into consideration when a child is presented to adoption panel; P (A child) (2008) EWCA Civ 535 and Re B (2008) EWCA Civ 835. The pertinent points raised by these judgments are summarised below.
3. Information for Agency Decision Maker
Where there are ongoing care proceedings, the Agency Decision Maker cannot make his or her decision as to whether a child should be placed for adoption, until the expert reports and local authority assessments (or accurate summaries) in the care proceedings are available. (Re B).
A local authority adoption agency cannot apply for a placement order until the Agency Decision Maker has made a decision that the child should be placed for adoption. (Re p - B).The local authority adoption agency is required to apply for a placement order within care proceedings if the permanence plan for a child includes adoption (ACA section 22). However, the agency decision is not limited to adoption. It can be for dual planning i.e. adoption or fostering. (Re P).