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STANDARD 4 - Safeguarding children

(Adoption Agencies, Adoption Support Agencies)

Underpinning Legislation

The Local Authority Adoption Service (England) Regulations 2003:

The Voluntary Adoption Agencies and the Adoption Agencies (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003:

The Adoption Support Agencies (England) and Adoption Agencies (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2005:

Adoption Agencies Regulations 2005:

Further Guidance:


  • Children feel safe and are safe; children understand how to protect themselves and are protected from significant harm including neglect, abuse, and accident.


Children’s safety and welfare are promoted and children are protected from abuse and other forms of significant harm (e.g. sexual or labour exploitation).


The adoption agency supports the prospective adopter to encourage the child to take appropriate risks as a normal part of growing up. Children are helped to understand how to keep themselves safe including when outside of the household or when using the internet or social media.


Adoption agencies and adoption support agencies work effectively with agencies concerned with child protection e.g. the responsible authority, schools, hospitals, general practitioners, etc and does not work in isolation from them.