A proposed national register combining adoption and fostering will elevate the “voice of the child” in the matching process, children’s minister Nadhim Zahawi has told a parliamentary committee. Giving evidence to a cross-party committee of Lords, Zahawi for the first time elaborated on his vision for the future of matching children with families, after the statutory Adoption Register for England was suspended at the end of March this year.

The new, much more “user friendly” system, would improve on an existing commercial alternative for adoption which is already filling the gap in that sector, he claimed. Zahawi added that he wanted to end the “far too siloed” approach to adoption and fostering that he claimed exists currently.

“Our innovation is to bring this whole thing together into one place,” added the minister, who highlighted his background in technology, having co-founded the web-based market research firm YouGov.


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