Adoption and Placement Cases Presented to Courts

Commenting on adoption and placement cases presented to courts, Alison O’Sullivan President of ADCS, said:

“The welfare of the child is the paramount consideration during adoption proceedings and the decision to take a child from their birth family cannot be taken lightly. So where a decision like this is made local authorities must provide sufficient evidence suggesting that this is the only feasible option. The court must consider all the options and explore and attempt alternative solutions before coming to a decision.

“If the case presented to court is not strong enough in favour of an adoption order then in that case the order should not be made even if it does result in further delays. It is therefore crucial that social workers pre-proceedings are thorough and that we encourage and support our frontline teams in these areas. Equally where local authorities believe that the decisions made in court is not in the best interest of the child they should be able to challenge this decision so that social workers are able to practice with confidence and ensure the best outcomes for children and young people.”


The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) Ltd is the professional leadership association for Directors of Children’s Services and their senior management teams in England.

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