Independent Review Mechanism (Adoption and Fostering)


Since April 1st 2009, the remit of the IRM has included an independent review of fostering suitability applications from potential and current foster carers whose fostering service provider has decided not to approve them as a foster carer, or to terminate or change the terms of their approval.

The IRM also considers adoption disclosure applications from people where an adoption agency is proposing that protected information from adoption records will be disclosed or withheld, contrary to the views expressed by the person the information is about. These cases were previously dealt with by the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.

Annual Report for 2013-14 is now available

front cover of IRM annual reviewIt contains statistics and analysis of the cases heard by the review panels and the implications for policy and practice in adoption and fostering. Open the report as a PDF.


Has your adoption agency decided you are not suitable to adopt a child or intends to withdraw its earlier approval?

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Has your fostering service provider decided you aren't suitable to foster or intends to withdraw its earlier approval?

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Do you work for a Voluntary Adoption Agency or Local Authority and want to know more?

Adoption Records

Have you applied to obtain (or restrict) information from your adoption records and been turned down?