I would hope and expect that the Children and Families Bill will come into law and help to reduce the number of children in care by increasing the number adopted.
However it is a very modest, polite piece of legislation. It doesn't banish political correctness. But it means that social workers who apply a practical, common sense approach won't actually be prohibited. The current law says that "due consideration" should be given to race when placing children for adoption, while the interests of the child is supposed to be paramount. Astonishingly the current law is routinely interpreted as not allowing, or very seldom allowing, transracial adoption. The reality has meant black children remaining stuck in the care system rather than being placed with a white couple.
This remained the reality despite new guidance being brought in by Tim Loughton in 2011 that ethnicity should not trump other concerns.
Pleas to social workers that children would be better off in loving families than institutional care do not seem to have an impact. Although the new law will help good social workers to apply common sense and and get children adopted, I fear it will do little in constraining the ideological social workers who seek to thwart this.