John Hemming MP, who recently gave evidence in Parliament with Martin Narey over child protection issues, has told the BBC that he believes up to 1,000 children a year are being adopted for the wrong reasons; in other words, children are being taken into care when they shouldn’t be. You can view the meeting, in full (both audio and video), here.
The news article is very interesting and it rings true for those in the sector who work daily with families who have had their children removed from their care without any tangible evidence for doing so.
As one might expect, Martin Narey, who is now the government’s adoption adviser (and ex CEO of Barnardo’s) strongly disagreed with this view. The news item is well worth a read.