Partnership Working with LAs

This section contains resources for managers and CEOs about work that VAAs have done in partnership with LAs. This includes service transformation work, concurrent planning, and child-specific recruitment. Also included in this section is a summary of research into the child’s journey to permanence through adoption across the UK.

Service Transformation in Manchester City Council – After Adoption

This report evaluates the joint project by After Adoption to transform Manchester’s adoption service. This sought to improve customer service, reduce the time that children wait, improve decision making, make efficiencies, strengthen leadership, and increase employee engagement. Download here.

Service Transformation in West Mercia – After Adoption

This evaluates After Adoption’s project with LAs in the West Mercia region to address barriers to placing HTP children and utilise After Adoption’s approach to child-led recruitment. Download here.

North West Concurrent Planning Service – Adoption Matters and Caritas Care

This presentation gives an introduction to the service and to concurrent planning in general. It contains reflections and lessons on the positives and drawbacks of concurrent planning. This was presented at the CVAA practice sharing workshop in December 2015. Download Powerpoint here.

Child specific recruitment – After Adoption

This presentation gives an overview of child-specific recruitment: how it works and what the benefits are. It contains evidence of the impact on timeliness that this approach to recruiting adopters has had on timeliness for children waiting. This was presented at the CVAA practice sharing workshop in December 2015. Download the file here.

A Child’s Journey to Permanence through Adoption across the Four UK Nations – CCS Adoption

This presentation summarises research into the characteristics of children placed by four VAAs across the four UK nations, and explores the impact of different legal and social work practices on timeliness for children. This was presented at the CVAA practice sharing workshop in March 2016. Download here.

Bespoke family finding service for priority children – Adoption Matters and Caritas Care


This presentation gives an overview of the priority children service, which provides a child-specific model of recruitment and matching. This was presented at the CVAA practice sharing workshop in March 2016. Download here and here.

Learning from LA and VAA partnerships – Coram


This presentation shares some key learning from the various partnerships with LAs that Coram has been involved in. It also includes findings from their work in understanding the role of foster carers in supporting transition to adoption. This was presented at the CVAA practice sharing workshop in July 2016. Download here.