National Minimum Standards
The National Minimum Standards are issued under the Care Standards Act, 2000. There are different minimum standards for the provision of Fostering Services, Adoption Services, Residential Family Centres and other care settings, including those in adult provision. The 'Standards' must be met in the provision of care for children, adults and older people; and they are the standards which form the basis for inspection and registration by Regulatory Bodies, such as Ofsted. The standards are 'minimum' standards, rather than 'best possible' practice, and many homes/agencies will more than meet the national minimum standards or will aspire to exceed them in various ways.
In March 2015 the Children's Homes Quality Standards were issued.
National Minimum Standards for Adoption
National Minimum Standards for Fostering
Guide to the Children's Homes Regulations including the Quality Standards