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Derby City Children's Social Care Procedures

8.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements


This chapter applies to disruptions of adoptive placements, which occur prior to an Adoption Order having been made.


In November 2020, this procedure was updated to reflect the roles of Derby City Council and Adoption East Midlands (the regional adoption agency) in the adoption process.

Derby City Council uses a Strengths Based Approach for all work with children and families.

  1. Where an agency adoptive placement breaks down prior to the granting of an Adoption Order, a Disruption Meeting must be held to identify the reasons for the breakdown and to learn lessons from the events surrounding the breakdown;

    The Disruption Meeting will be held no sooner than 28 days after and no later than 42 days after the placement breaking down, and will follow a set agenda;

    The Local Authority will arrange for the meeting to be chaired independently by an experienced practitioner or manager from outside the Adoption Agency not involved in the line management of the case responsible social worker.

  2. The Disruption Meeting will be convened by the child's social worker, who will invite the prospective adoptive parents, their social worker, the current carers, the child's Independent Reviewing Officer, Adoption East Midlands panel advisor and any other relevant people. The child's social worker will also ensure that the child's views and feelings are given to the meeting in the most appropriate way;

  3. The child's social worker and the prospective adopters' social worker should send a copy of the report to Adoption East Midlands adoption panel, so that lessons can be learnt from disruptions and disseminated across the four local authorities;

  4. Where an Adoption Placement Plan is terminated before the adoptive placement takes place (i.e. during introductions), the adoption social worker for an Adoption East Midlands family, or the child's social worker in the case of an inter agency placement, will prepare a report for the Adoption Panel. The report must outline the reasons for the breakdown and be completed on the Disruption Data form provided by Adoption East Midlands;

  5. In all such cases, the Adoption Panel may consider whether the plan for the child should be reviewed and/or whether the prospective adopters' approval should be reconsidered, and these issues may need to be further investigated and reports be presented to a subsequent meeting. It is unlikely that these cases would return to panel, as per Adoption East Midlands procedures.