Inspection of children's social care providers

Improvement notices, completing an evidence base, children's homes, report a childcare incident.

Services

  1. Tell Ofsted about an incident: children's social care notification form

    Online form for adoption or fostering agencies, children's homes and residential family centres. Downloadable form for residential holiday schemes for disabled children.

  2. Tell Ofsted about a serious childcare incident: online form for local authorities

    Notification form for use by local authorities to tell Ofsted about serious childcare incidents for children living at home or in care.

  3. Early years and childcare services: EY3 changes to individuals

    EY3 form to tell Ofsted about certain changes to individuals, including names, addresses and any start or leave dates.

Guidance and regulation

  1. Ofsted safeguarding policy
  1. Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): children’s homes, including secure children’s homes

    • Manual
    • Ofsted
  2. Complain about an Ofsted inspection report

    You can complain about an Ofsted inspection report if you think there was a problem - the inspection process, how the inspection was conducted, the outcome of the inspection

    • Answer
See all guidance and regulation

News and communications

  1. Ofsted launches point-in-time surveys

    • Ofsted
    • News story
  2. Social care commentary: children's homes

    • Ofsted
    • Authored article
  3. New children’s services inspections announced

    • Ofsted
    • Press release
  4. Warning notice to Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy

    • Department for Education
    • Correspondence
See all news and communications

Policy and engagement

  1. A single inspection of voluntary adoption agencies
  2. Children’s social care providers: inspection frequency and fees
  1. London borough of Croydon: report into children’s social care services

    • Department for Education
    • Independent report
  2. Torbay children's services: commissioner's report

    • Department for Education
    • Independent report
  3. Worcestershire children’s services: non-executive commissioner's report

    • Department for Education
    • Independent report
See all policy and engagement

Transparency

  1. Ofsted Inspectors: lists

    • Ofsted
    • Transparency
  2. Direction issued to Isle of Wight council

    • Department for Education
    • Decision
  3. Revised direction issued to Worcestershire county council

    • Department for Education
    • Decision
  4. Improvement notice issued to Darlington borough council

    • Department for Education
    • Decision
  5. Improvement notice issued to Lambeth London borough council

    • Department for Education
    • Decision
See all transparency