Top marks for Portsmouth City Council’s adoption agency

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PORTSMOUTH has been given top marks by Ofsted for finding new homes for youngsters.

The city council’s adoption agency is celebrating an overall ‘good’ rating with ‘outstanding’ work protecting children from harm or neglect.

And only a small number of children wait longer than the recommended six months for an adoption place.

Inspectors applauded the service for its record.

Over the past four years there have been no adoption breakdowns, meaning 100 per cent of all children placed with families have been successful to the point of being legally adopted, which usually takes place within a year of moving in. Since the agency’s last inspection in 2008, there has not been a single safeguarding issue.

Adoption manager Jennie Dix said: ‘I’m so proud of my team who have achieved an outstanding for the most important aspect of our job – protecting the children.

‘This report reflects the quality of the staff I manage who always put the welfare of the children at the forefront of what they do. Adoption is about helping children achieve their full potential and I’m delighted Ofsted recognises we are achieving what we set out to do.’

In Portsmouth, between 10 to 14 children are adopted each year, with most aged up to four.