Northamptonshire adoption services are inadequate

ADOPTION services in Northamptonshire have been judged to be inadequate by Ofsted inspectors.

In a damning report, Ofsted said that several areas of the service run by Northamptonshire County Council were not up to standard.

The rating is the lowest of four possible outcomes for the inspection and bosses have been warned they must improve.

Delays in the adoption process were criticised, and inspectors said that children’s moves to new families were often postponed for unacceptable reasons.

Charlie MacNally, director of adult and children’s services at the county council, said: “We take seriously Ofsted’s findings in the inspection and we accept their judgement. While we are concerned and disappointed by the judgement, we are confident we will improve this important service quickly. We have already started this work and believe that we can meet the recommendations within a matter of months.”

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