Freeing order processes in Northern Ireland: Painfully slow

Greg Kelly, Dominic Mc Sherry

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Greg Kelly and Dominic McSherry describe the timescales involved in achieving freeing orders for 23 children in Northern Ireland between 1996 and 1999. There was delay at all stages in the process. The delays were particularly pronounced in social services and social services/legal services processes. The authors conclude that if adoption is to be made available to more children from state care, current arrangements, including legislation, will need revision and reform.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-48
Number of pages7
JournalAdoption & Fostering Journal
Volume25 (2)
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Jan 2001


  • Freeing Order
  • Adoption
  • Northern Ireland
  • Children Order
  • Care Order
  • Care
  • Delay


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