Agencies & Providers

Adoption Agencies and Fostering Service Providers are encouraged to download and print the IRM leaflets from this website to circulate to their social workers and panel members, to inform them about the IRM.

Prospective adopters or foster carers should be given information about the IRM at an early stage of the assessment process. For adoption disclosure cases they can be given at the time of applying to access adoption records.

Printed leaflets will be sent from the IRM office to applicants when they have made an application to the IRM.

All Adoption Agencies and Fostering Service Providers are required to appoint a Link Person to liaise with the IRM office when a case from their agency is being dealt with by the IRM. All correspondence on the case will then take place between IRM staff and the Link Person.

Any queries can be directed to the IRM staff who will be happy to help.

IRM Fees

The contribution to be made by agencies/fostering services whose qualifying determination is reviewed by the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) from 1st April 2012 is £2,540. The balance of the cost of the review is met by the Department.

2013 Fees


This is to inform adoption agencies and fostering services that from 1 April 2013 the contribution to be made by agencies/fostering services whose qualifying determination is reviewed by the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) will be increased to £2,591. The balance of the cost of the review will continue to be met by the Department.

The British Association for Adoption and Fostering operates the IRM on behalf of the Secretary of State.