Guidance on how Ofsted inspects voluntary adoption agencies.
Our approach is underpinned by the following 3 principles that apply to all social care inspections:
- to focus on the things that matter most to children’s lives
- to be consistent in our expectations of providers
- to prioritise our work where improvement is needed most
Published 22 February 2017
Last updated 19 March 2021 + show all updates
Added guidance on inspecting voluntary adoption agencies during COVID-19 restrictions. Updated guidance to reflect the changes to Ofsted’s post-inspection processes and complaints handling (including the timeline) that we introduced in September 2020. Updated the ‘Frequency of inspection’ section to include a rolling 3-year inspection programme. Minor edits for readability.