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Dorset adoption and children in care 

Location: UK » South West » DT

Dorset County Council is planning the following cuts to services relating to adoption and children in care:

• reducing the service to adopted adults seeking contact with birth relatives, and requests for assessment for step-parent adoption;
• continuing the policy of reduced levels of loyalty payments for foster carers;
• reducing the range of support services provided to families with children experiencing difficulties and making efficiencies in the management structure that supports this service;
• reducing administration and coordination of meetings that support the Safeguarding Children Board and Family Group Conferences

The council says these cuts will allow it protect a priority focus on child protection, children in care and children on the edge of care (with the associated statutory processes).

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