Agreements with Adoption Agencies to vary Stage One procedure

Stuart Wheeler made this Freedom of Information request to Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

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Stuart Wheeler

Dear Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills

Could you please provide the following answers

1)How many adoption agencies is Ofsted responsible for inspecting?
2)How many inspections of adoption agencies were carried out in each of the last 5 years?
3)How many adoption agencies have requested permission to interview Stage One Referees at Stage Two instead of Stage One of the adoption procedure?
4)Which adoption agencies have requested permission to interview Stage One References at Stage Two instead of Stage One of the adoption process, and which of these requests have been approved?
5)What agreements have been entered into with each agency over the manner in which References may be taken up AFTER the applicant has been approved at Stage One?
6)Has legal advice been sought over the legality of failing to take up character references as part of the Stage One process and can I have a copy of that legal advice?
7)If an adoption agency has amended the Stage One/Stage Two procedure from that prescribed by the legislation can I have a copy of any guidance given to those authorities about also amending the timescales within which each part of the process is to be completed?
8)Are any such agreements with adoption agencies to vary from the correct procedure open ended or are they expected to adopt correct procedure within a certain time?
9)What is the guidance from Ofsted on the use of non-qualified Social Workers conducting Stage One adoption assessments?
10)Would an adoption agency be allowed to approve a prospective adopter through Stage One without first having conducted the prescribed Stage One Reference interviews?

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Wheeler

Sally Telford, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

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Dear Mr Wheeler,

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Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries.

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Sally Telford
Information Delivery Co-ordinator
Information Management Team Ofsted
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Alastair O'Neill, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

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Dear Mr Wheeler,

 

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