National adoption databases must continue to be maintained, despite increasing numbers of regional services joining forces to find parents to adopt.
That is the warning coming from Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott at her last cabinet meeting before stepping down as leader.
She spoke about the need to keep a national database of parents and children to make sure that families can continue to be matched across the country.
Adoption services in Wiltshire joined forces with five other local authorities as part of Adoption West in March.
She said: “It worries me that there is a focus on regional work but a national database might be cut. We can’t just stick to our regions, we need to work nationally as well.”
Wiltshire Council adoption services were rated requires improvement during an Ofsted inspection of children’s services in 2015.
Cabinet heard that since then the time it takes to find a home for a child has been slashed and adoption for children with disabilities improved.
Figures released up until March this year show that the average time between a child entering care services and being adopted is now 397days, compared to a national average of 486.
Cabinet member for Children’s Services Laura Mayes said: “We say if a child’s best option is adoption, no matter how complex it is, that’s what we will do. We perhaps have children that take two years but we don’t care because that is what is right for them. Our performance continues to improve.”
Weather warning for thunderstorms updated - and avoids Glastonbury
The Met Office has updated its weather warning for thunderstorms across the West.
It now mostly avoids Somerset - which could be good to avoid a soaked ground at Glastonbury ahead of the festival - and Bath, Bristol and most of Gloucestershire. But the warning encompasses most of Wiltshire.
The operator which runs services in London and Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, the Isle of Wight and Somerset, said the action was "unnecessary" and it was "cynical" of the union to target events such as Royal Ascot.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said staff had been left with no choice but to strike, and accused SWR of failing to guarantee guard roles.
The number of reports of drinks being spiked in the west of England has more than doubled in the past three years.
Police in the region said there were 104 incidents reported in 2018 compared to 49 in 2015.
The figures from Avon and Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Police were revealed by a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.
The majority were recorded in the Avon and Somerset area, where 85 incidents were reported last year - up from 41.
Police appeal after taxi driver stabbed
A taxi driver was stabbed in what police are calling an unprovoked and "violent attack".
Wiltshire Police are looking for witnesses following the incident, which took place on 15 June in Dawlish Road in Swindon.
At around 5.30am the taxi driver picked up two men and one woman from a nightclub. As they approached Dawlish Road the passengers became abusive towards the driver.
Following an argument in the car, one of the men stabbed the
driver before all three ran away towards Radstock Avenue.
The taxi driver suffered minor injuries and was released from hospital the same day.
Police officer Adrian Bray said: “This was an unprovoked attack on someone who was simply doing his job."
He added: "It could have been very different due to the violent nature of the attack."
Officers are continuing their investigations into the incident and have said they believe they know who the suspects are.
Wiltshire Police are looking for any witnesses who were in the Dawlish Road area of Swindon or who may have further information to contact them immediately on 101 quoting crime reference number 54190057409.