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

6. Legal context

Voluntary adoption agency inspections and the law.

Under the Education and Inspections Act 2006, Ofsted carries out its work in ways that encourage the services it inspects and regulates to:

  • improve
  • be user-focused
  • be efficient and effective in the use of resources

Section 5(1A) of the Care Standards Act 2000 provides that HMCI is the registration authority for voluntary adoption agencies and other establishments and agencies to which Part 2 of that Act applies.

The Care Standards Act 2000 and the Adoption and Children Act 2002 set out Ofsted’s powers to regulate, inspect and enforce compliance with the statutory requirements and relevant regulations. The Adoption and Children Act 2002 defines a voluntary adoption agency (section 1).

When inspecting voluntary adoption agencies, Ofsted takes into account the knowledge and understanding gained from previous inspections, and to relevant legislation including: