The WLGA has welcomed a statement by the Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas AM which identifies the radical reform being achieved within Wales’ adoption services.
In responding to the statement, Councillor Mel Nott (Bridgend), WLGA Spokesperson for Health and Social Care said:
“Working in close collaboration with the Association of Directors of Social Services, local government in Wales has recently developed a functional model for a national adoption service. It is a model that will achieve a significant step-change in how adoption services are run in order to ensure that we can meet the diverse needs of looked after children in Wales.
“The outline for a national adoption service embraces a tiered model which will align functions at a local, regional and national level. It has been achieved without recourse to primary legislation, and is testimony to local government’s ability to evolve and respond to the needs of local communities. From the start, the catalyst for this new model has been local government’s willingness to improve, and its willingness to evolve and deliver services that meet current and future community needs.
“Local Government now looks forward to working with the Welsh Government to make this model work for looked after children in Wales.”