ChildLine is a free and confidential helpline for children and young people in the UK. ChildLine counsellors are trained staff and volunteers who all have experience of listening and talking to children and young people.


CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy is a leading membership organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people in care by supporting the agencies and professionals who work with them.

CVVA (Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies)

CVVA member agencies provide specialist adoption services to children and families across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. Each Adoption Agency operates independently but all are committed to providing high quality and comprehensive adoption and adoption support services.

DfE (Department for Education)

The DfE was formed on 12 May 2010 and is responsible for education and children's services. All statutory guidance and legislation linked to from this site continues to reflect the current legal position unless indicated otherwise, but may not reflect Government policy.

GRO (General Register Office)

The GRO provides information on birth, marriage, civil partnership, death, adoption and  stillbirth records and registrations, as well as guidance on researching your family history and the General Register Office Indexes.

Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills)

Ofsted report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. Ofsted inspect, regulate and scrutinise services provided by all adoption support agencies (and many other social care and educational provisions).

Ofsted registered Adoption Support Agencies (ASA's)

Since December 2005 any counsellor or therapist providing 'adoption support' to any party in adoption is required to be registered with Ofsted. Open this link and click on 'Distance from your home' to find details of Ofsted registered Adoption Support Agencies and individuals located close to where you live.