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Request 18779

7 March 2016

Applicant type: Charity

For the last 3 full statistical years and year to date; and with respect to adoption performance - specifically the number of children or percentage number of children who are placed for adoption or adopted in any given year:

Q 1- Central government adoption performance management

1 (a) Has the DfE or any other central government department (such as the Adoption Leadership Board or Ofsted) (or anyone on their behalf) set individual targets for your performance (beyond published national adoption scorecards & thresholds)?

1 (b) What substantive, individual responses have you received from the DfE etc. in response to your adoption performance? (Including letters, conversations, meetings, requests, interventions, challenges, improvement notices or 'support' to improve adoption performance); and what reports has any part of your authority (social care, adoption, business or strategic sections etc) generated in relation to these?

1 (c) Does your Local Authority receive (or has your local authority ever received) any financial benefit which arises in whole or in part from the number of children or percentage number of children who are placed for adoption or adopted in any given year? (By this we do not mean by comparison of the relative costs of adoption as opposed to other placement options for a child, we mean a direct financial benefit provided by Central Government that correlates with adoption performance)

1 (d) What information have you received (written or otherwise) on how the amount of Adoption Reform Grant allocated to your particular authority for years 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 was determined? Did you make any representations, have any conversations or seek any clarification at any stage?

1 (e) Please provide a copy of your authority's 'Grant Usage Statement' and 'Interim Progress Report' to the DfE.

Q2 Adoption performance management at local level

2 (a) What statistics, analysis; reports, does any part of your authority, including social care, adoption, business and strategic sections, generate over and above central government returns? (Including but not limited to Performance Analysis Reports of Adoption Scorecards; Strategic or Business Plans; Children and Young People's Plans; Adoption Action Plans and Reports to and Minutes of the Council's Scrutiny Committee) Please provide copies for the last 3 statistical years and year to date or links if publicly available online.

2 (b) What performance management tools or systems does your authority operate and in particular what key performance indicators, targets, or similar does your authority apply (or has your authority applied in the last 3 years). Please provide copies for the last three full statistical years and year to date or links if published.

2. (c) How are these implemented within the organisation to assess performance and effect change (generally and specifically in relation to adoption performance?) Eg:

i How are any local KPI's or targets set and who sets them?

ii Who reports to whom locally and regionally?

iii How is individual performance measured with respect to identified KPI's, targets or other performance indicators such as through individual appraisals or target setting for individual managers, Agency Decision Makers or frontline social workers?

2 (d) Do any social workers or managers employed by your Local Authority receive any financial benefit over and above their salary, which arises in whole or in part from the number of children or percentage number of children that they obtain a Placement Order or Adoption Order for?

Response

Partly disclosed/partly refused - 6 April 2016

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Please note that our responses were accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of release, and have not subsequently been updated. This information should be considered an historical record only.

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