Adoption: conducting inspections of voluntary adoption agencies

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This guidance is designed to assist inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) when conducting inspections of voluntary adoption agencies in England. Adoption agencies can use the guidance to understand how inspections are conducted. Inspection of voluntary adoption agencies focuses on the progress and experiences of, and outcomes for, children and young people. It aims to protect children and support voluntary adoption agencies in improving their performance in meeting children’s and young people’s needs, however complex those needs may be. It should also ensure that decisions made and actions taken by the voluntary adoption agency promote and safeguard children’s and young people’s welfare. This guidance covers all key aspects of the inspection process, including: purpose of inspection; scheduling and team deployment; notice and timeframe; pre-inspection activity; annual questionnaires; deferrals; inspection activity; safeguarding; recording evidence; inspection findings; inspection feedback; writing the report; letters to children and young people; quality assurance; and dealing with concerns and complaints. (Edited publisher abstract)

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inspection, regulation, voluntary sector, adoption agencies;
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practice guidance
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