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Lisa Nandy MP, Labour's Shadow Children's Minister, commenting ahead of David Cameron's announcement on changes to the adoption system, said:

"I warmly welcome the Government’s commitment to removing delay in the adoption system. It is vital to speed up the process, but this must never be at the expense of getting the right placement for a child, particularly in complex cases where siblings or severely disabled children are involved.

"Children also need time to come to terms with the process, to say goodbye to their birth families and get to know their potential adoptive parents. The interests of the child must remain paramount.

"There is real concern amongst adoption and care professionals that the Government’s target, to conclude the process within six months, may lead to rushed decisions or put local authorities off recommending children for adoption in the first place.

"Ministers must build in safeguards to ensure their plans do not produce perverse outcomes.

"The Government also need to look urgently at what can be done to reduce the pressure on social workers and ensure they have the tools they need to deliver the level of care these children deserve."

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