Suffolk Adoption Service rated outstanding by Ofsted

The Suffolk Adoption Service has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted.

The service, run by Suffolk County Council, was praised following a recent inspection for its recruitment of adoptive families and for fully preparing them and the children for the adoption process.

It was also praised for the quality and timely manner in which it matched children and adoptive families. In particular, Ofsted praised it for its dedicated staff, and its report said: 'This agency is exceptionally well managed and staffed by people who are totally dedicated to improving the lives of children.'

Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council's portfolio holder for children, schools and young people's services, said: 'I am delighted that Suffolk's adoption service has been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.

'With the heightened national political interest in how local authorities handle adoption services, it is extremely gratifying to know Suffolk is one of the most respected in the whole of the country.

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'Our success can be attributed to the dedicated members of staff who have the knowledge, ability and compassion to make a real difference to the lives of the children and young people in our care and indeed the adoptive families. I would like to congratulate them on this outstanding achievement.'

During the recent inspection one adopter said: 'From start to finish the agency has performed outstandingly well and communicated exceptionally well.'

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Suffolk Adoption Agency is hoping the report will encourage more people to come forward and consider adopting a child. To find out more, call 0800 389 9417 or visit

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