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Adoptions: Ofsted issues tougher new rules

Local authorities in England will only get an outstanding rating for adoption in future if they place children within 12 months, Ofsted says.

Its inspectors, who check children's services as well as schools, say delays can have a severe impact on children.

New arrangements put more emphasis on speed and on whether councils have kept brothers and sisters together.

Reeta Chakrabarti reports.

  • 27 Feb 2012