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The Adoption Agencies Regulations 2005

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SCHEDULE 1INFORMATION

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Regulation 15(1)

PART 1INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHILD

1.  Name, sex, date and place of birth and address including the local authority area.

2.  A photograph and physical description.

3.  Nationality.

4.  Racial origin and cultural and linguistic background.

5.  Religious persuasion (including details of baptism, confirmation or equivalent ceremonies).

6.  Whether the child is looked after or is provided with accommodation under section 59(1) of the 1989 Act.

7.  Details of any order made by a court with respect to the child under the 1989 Act including the name of the court, the order made and the date on which the order was made.

8.  Whether the child has any rights to, or interest in, property or any claim to damages under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976(1) or otherwise which he stands to retain or lose if he is adopted.

9.  A chronology of the child’s care since birth.

10.  A description of the child’s personality, his social development and his emotional and behavioural development.

11.  Whether the child has any difficulties with activities such as feeding, washing and dressing himself.

12.  The educational history of the child including—

(a)the names, addresses and types of nurseries or schools attended with dates;

(b)a summary of his progress and attainments;

(c)whether he is subject to a statement of special educational needs under the Education Act 1996(2);

(d)any special needs he has in relation to learning; and

(e)where he is looked after, details of his personal education plan prepared by the local authority.

13.  Information about—

(a)the child’s relationship with—

(i)his parent or guardian;

(ii)any brothers or sisters or other relatives he may have; and

(iii)any other person the agency considers relevant;

(b)the likelihood of any such relationship continuing and the value to the child of its doing so; and

(c)the ability and willingness of the child’s parent or guardian or any other person the agency considers relevant, to provide the child with a secure environment in which he can develop, and otherwise to meet his needs.

14.  The current arrangements for and the type of contact between the child’s parent or guardian or other person with parental responsibility for him, his father, and any relative, friend or other person.

15.  A description of the child’s interests, likes and dislikes.

16.  Any other relevant information which might assist the adoption panel and the adoption agency.

17.  In this Part “parent” includes the child’s father whether or not he has parental responsibility for the child.

Regulation 15(2)

PART 2MATTERS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE CHILD'S HEALTH REPORT

1.  Name, date of birth, sex, weight and height.

2.  A neo-natal report on the child, including—

(a)details of his birth and any complications;

(b)the results of a physical examination and screening tests;

(c)details of any treatment given;

(d)details of any problem in management and feeding;

(e)any other relevant information which may assist the adoption panel and the adoption agency; and

(f)the name and address of any registered medical practitioner who may be able to provide further information about any of the above matters.

3.  A full health history of the child, including—

(a)details of any serious illness, disability, accident, hospital admission or attendance at an out-patient department, and in each case any treatment given;

(b)details and dates of immunisations;

(c)a physical and developmental assessment according to age, including an assessment of vision and hearing and of neurological, speech and language development and any evidence of emotional disorder;

(d)for a child over five years of age, the school health history (if available);

(e)how his physical and mental health and medical history have affected his physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development; and

(f)any other relevant information which may assist the adoption panel and the adoption agency.

Regulation 16(1)

PART 3INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHILD'S FAMILY AND OTHERS

Information about each parent of the child

1.  Name, sex, date and place of birth and address including the local authority area.

2.  A photograph, if available, and physical description.

3.  Nationality.

4.  Racial origin and cultural and linguistic background.

5.  Religious persuasion.

6.  A description of their personality and interests.

Information about the child’s brothers and sisters

7.  Name, sex, and date and place of birth.

8.  A photograph, if available, and physical description.

9.  Nationality.

10.  Address, if appropriate.

11.  If the brother or sister is under the age of 18—

(a)where and with whom he or she is living;

(b)whether he or she is looked after or is provided with accommodation under section 59(1) of the 1989 Act;

(c)details of any court order made with respect to him or her under the 1989 Act, including the name of the court, the order made, and the date on which the order was made; and

(d)whether he or she is also being considered for adoption.

Information about the child’s other relatives and any other person the agency considers relevant

12.  Name, sex and date and place of birth.

13.  Nationality.

14.  Address, if appropriate.

Family history and relationships

15.  Whether the child’s parents were married to each other at the time of the child’s birth (or have subsequently married) and if so, the date and place of marriage and whether they are divorced or separated.

16.  Where the child’s parents are not married, whether the father has parental responsibility for the child and if so how it was acquired.

17.  If the identity or whereabouts of the child’s father are not known, the information about him that has been ascertained and from whom, and the steps that have been taken to establish paternity.

18.  Where the child’s parents have been previously married or formed a civil partnership, the date of the marriage or, as the case may be, the date and place of registration of the civil partnership.

19.  So far as is possible, a family tree with details of the child’s grandparents, parents and aunts and uncles with their age (or ages at death).

20.  Where it is reasonably practicable, a chronology of each of the child’s parents from birth.

21.  The observations of the child’s parents about their own experiences of being parented and how this has influenced them.

22.  The past and present relationship of the child’s parents.

23.  Details of the wider family and their role and importance to—

(a)the child’s parents; and

(b)any brothers or sisters of the child.

Other information about each parent of the child

24.  Information about their home and the neighbourhood in which they live.

25.  Details of their educational history.

26.  Details of their employment history.

27.  Information about the parenting capacity of the child’s parents, particularly their ability and willingness to parent the child.

28.  Any other relevant information which might assist the adoption panel and the adoption agency.

29.  In this Part “parent” includes the father of the child whether or not he has parental responsibility for the child.

Regulation 16(2)

PART 4INFORMATION RELATING TO THE HEALTH OF THE CHILD'S NATURAL PARENTS AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS

1.  Name, date of birth, sex, weight and height of each natural parent.

2.  A health history of each of the child’s natural parents, including details of any serious physical or mental illness, any hereditary disease or disorder, drug or alcohol misuse, disability, accident or hospital admission and in each case any treatment given where the agency consider such information to be relevant.

3.  A health history of the child’s brothers and sisters (of the full blood or half-blood), and the other children of each parent with details of any serious physical or mental illness and any hereditary disease or disorder.

4.  A summary of the mother’s obstetric history, including any problems in the ante-natal, labour and post-natal periods, with the results of any tests carried out during or immediately after the pregnancy.

5.  Details of any present illness, including treatment and prognosis.

6.  Any other relevant information which the adoption agency considers may assist the adoption panel and the agency.

(2)

See section 324 of the 1996 Act.

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