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STANDARD 28 - Fitness of premises for use as an adoption agency or adoption support agency

(Adoption Agencies, Adoption Support Agencies)

Underpinning Legislation

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

The Local Authority Adoption Service (England) Regulations 2003:

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


  • The premises and administrative systems are suitable to enable the agency to meet its Statement of Purpose.


There are efficient and robust administrative systems, including IT and communication systems. Premises have

  1. facilities for the secure retention of records (including, for example, cards, letters; the child’s life storybook; photographs and audio-visual film).
  2. appropriate measures to safeguard IT systems; and
  3. an appropriate security system.


The premises and its contents are insured (or there are alternative prompt methods of replacing lost items).


The agency has a Business Continuity Plan, which staff understand and can access, which includes both provision of premises and safeguarding/back-up of records.