Supporting families when young children's disabilities or health needs emerge during or after adoption

CDC is seeking examples of good practice in supporting families with children aged 0-5 who have disabilities or complex needs and are adopted or in early permanence placements.

Specifically, we are interested in children whose needs only become well known by to parents/carers after the child's placement with them, during the 0-5 age range. This may be because needs had not yet emerged or were previously unidentified or not fully understood. Examples may refer to any relevant support delivered or commissioned by a local authority statutory service, including post-adoption support and the SEND Local Offer. 

This call is part of a project aiming to identify and share good practice in local areas where partnership working ensures that young children’s additional needs are recognised and addressed post-adoption. It is open until 13 September 2017.

For more information and to submit a response, please visit:

Who is this call for?

  • Managers, social workers and medical advisers in local authority adoption services or voluntary adoption agencies across England
  • Independent reviewing officers
  • Managers or social workers in disabled children’s teams and SEN teams. 

We encourage others working in health and education to share this call with colleagues as listed above.

How will examples be used?

Selected examples will be published in a briefing aimed at informing policy and service development. We will also work within several local authority areas to reflect on and showcase practice more fully via interviews with professionals involved in partnership working. 

Thank you in advance for any contributions.