London Adoption and Special Guardianship Board

The London Adoption and Special Guardianship Board  reports directly into the National Adoption & Special Guardianship Leadership Board and supports the national board in delivering its aim to drive forward significant improvements in the performance of the adoption system in England.

The current terms of reference and membership of  the London Adoption and Permanency Board can be downloaded here: ToR

In response to the Covid 19 pandemic the board is supporting London RAA's and special guardianship services virtually until further notice. 

Helen Edwards is advisor to the board.

Minutes from London Adoption and Special Guardianship Board meeting held in November 2020.


Network ToR & events past and present

The London Adoption and Special Guardianship Board facilitates the London Region Adoption, Fostering and Special Guardianship network with these TOR.

COVID-19 April meeting notes

COVID-19 June meeting notes

COVID-19 September meeting notes

Upcoming London Region Adoption Fostering & Special Guardianship Network meetings

Dates tbc

The proposed agenda for these meetings is as follows

  • Update on where services are in relation to returning to normal in the Covid 19 era and impact on practice, [to include – recruitment, sufficiency, placement]
  • Sharing ideas in response to children returning to school
  • Diversity with a particular focus on gender identity.  

We would welcome any suggestions you may have for future meetings.


The work of the National Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board

The National Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board (ASGLB) was established in 2014 to provide leadership to the adoption system and drive improvements in performance. The Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA) has a contract with the DfE to provide a management and secretariat service for the ASGLB.

The ASGLB is made up of 12 senior officials from key organisations in the adoption system in England. This includes colleagues from local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies, the Department for Education, and independent experts.

Local authority membership is under review to take account of the new RAAs.

National Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board Member Organisations 

Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS)
Adoption UK
Department for Education 
Family Rights Group
Grandparents Plus
Local Government Association (LGA)

Hadley Centre