Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): adoption support agencies

7. National minimum standards (NMS)

How inspectors use the NMS.

Adoption support agencies must follow the requirements of the regulations. Where they do not, inspectors identify clearly what agencies must do by setting requirements or compliance or enforcement action.

The Department for Education also publishes national minimum standards (NMS). Failure by providers to meet the national minimum standards may indicate a failure to meet the regulations. Inspectors consider carefully the impact on service users and how it should influence the judgements and outcome of the inspection, including any enforcement action.

A failure to meet a regulation does not automatically lead to a requires improvement judgement. Requirements may still be made where providers are judged to be good.

We use recommendations to indicate where practice can improve. These are always related to the relevant NMS and regulation/s.