Charity to run council’s adoption services

Peterborough City Council’s fostering and adoption services are due to be taken over by The Adolescent and Children’s Trust (TACT).

The charity is to run the council’s new Permanency Service, which includes fostering and adoption. The Permanency Service starts from April 2017 and will be the first of its kind in the country.

The contract, worth over £126 million, is expected to deliver annual savings of £1 million once established. The new Permanency Service will start from April 2017 and is the first of its kind in the country.

Councillor Sam Smith, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We believe that this new partnership will enable us to recruit and retain more local foster carers through an improved support network that TACT will deliver.

“This will lead to more local longer-term foster placements for Peterborough children and young people. As we reduce our spend on placements for children in care we will be able to invest in additional services for our most vulnerable young people.

“We believe this partnership will secure good fostering and adoption services for the long-term in Peterborough as council budgets are further reduced.”

Lou Williams, the council’s service director for children and safeguarding, added: “I really do think this is a very good opportunity for children, young people and the council. It’s a unique and very innovative approach.

“TACT has many years of experience recruiting foster carers. That’s very much their core business and it’s not ours. They are also able to bring the infrastructure around 24/7 support which is really critical for carers.”

Andy Elvin, the chief executive officer of TACT, said: “We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with Peterborough City Council to manage the new Permanency Service. We look forward to launching the service next year and further improving outcomes for children in Peterborough.”