Monday, 14 May 2012

More on those silly scorecards

Hard on the heels of my last post on the adoption scorecards comes a report from Children and Young People Now that Hackney’s director for children’s services, Alan Wood, has said that the critically important thing about adoption is getting the placement right first time.

According to Wood, Hackney, which came bottom in the Government's scorecard table, has experienced no adoption placement breakdowns in the last three years, compared with a national average of seven per cent.

Wood believes that the higher success rate justifies doing things more slowly. I agree. As I said in my previous post - it seems very likely that some authorities may be quicker, but have a lower success rate, while other authorities might take longer and get it right more often.