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Adoption Services and Ofsted: Inspections and Recent Developments

21 May, 2024 at 10:00am - 4:00pm


Expert-led practice session co-delivered with OFSTED Inspectors

6 hrs
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Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies and Local Authorities) and Independent Professionals.


In its national adoption strategy (published in 2021), the government set out its intention to explore with Ofsted how to improve the current inspection and regulation arrangements, to achieve ‘the right level of scrutiny and reassurance across all key elements of adoption practice, and more accurately reflect the way that services are now delivered’. This session will provide a chance for delegates to hear more about this and share thoughts on the potential opportunities for improvement.

“It’s a relatively unique opportunity to ‘sit down’ with Ofsted and discuss inspection and Ofsted’s work away from the pressure of an inspection. We can learn more about each other’s perspective this way.” – Attendee, October 2020

This session will also provide the opportunity for delegates to learn about and discuss Ofsted’s work relating to adoption, including recent inspection findings and the impact of COVID-19 on its approach and activity.

“[I enjoyed…] Hearing that Ofsted are working with VAA’s and RAA’s to ensure excellent adoption services work for children and families. I also really gained from considering different ways of ensuring the child and young persons voice is heard and influential in all we do. A really useful webinar.” – Attendee, March 2022

We expect that regulatory inspectors will be able to join the discussion. Delegates are encouraged to submit specific questions ahead of the session.

This expert-led practice session will be delivered under the Chatham House Rule. The Chatham House Rule helps create a trusted environment to understand and resolve complex problems. Its guiding spirit is: share the information you receive but do not reveal the identity of who said it.

Learning outcomes

  • Through discussion, an up-to-date overview of policy developments relating to Ofsted’s adoption inspections
  • A wider understanding of inspection approach and methodology, and recent inspection findings
  • Hear Ofsted’s reflections on their inspections of adoption services
  • Share your experiences of adoption inspections
  • Discuss common priorities and share views on how inspection can best support improvement in practice

About the trainers

Tracey Coglan Greig

Tracey is Ofsted’s Senior Officer for Adoption and Fostering. She leads on the ongoing development and oversight of inspection frameworks, policy, and guidance in relation to adoption and fostering. Prior to taking up this post in February 2022, Tracey worked for Ofsted as a social care regulatory inspector. In that role she registered, inspected, and monitored a range of children’s social care settings including voluntary adoption agencies, adoption support agencies and children’s services in local authorities. Before she joined Ofsted Tracey worked for 26 years in both private and statutory children’s services.

Dawn Bennett

Dawn Bennett is an experienced social care regulatory inspector and has worked in regulation and inspection since 1998. She is an experienced fostering and adoption inspector, also inspecting these elements of local authority services under the ILACS framework. Dawn is a registered social worker, holds a BSc Hons degree in Applied Social Sciences, a PG in social services management and a PG in regulation of health and social care. She has extensive social work experience in local authorities, charities and the private sector. She has worked in various roles including child protection, training foster carers and adopters, the All Wales Strategy and management roles in children’s homes and residential special schools.


A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at will aim to answer your query within two working days.

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