Inspection of children's social care providers

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

General information and guidance

  1. Changes to children's social care services registered and/or inspected by Ofsted

    Information for registered providers of children's social care services who want to request a change to their conditions of registration.

  2. Conduct of inspectors during Ofsted inspections

    Guidance on the conduct of Ofsted inspectors and Ofsted's expectations of providers during inspection.

  3. Gathering additional evidence to secure an incomplete inspection: Ofsted-related protocol

    Arrangements for gathering further evidence where an inspection is incomplete.

  4. How Ofsted inspects children's social care

    Information for local authority services, adoption and fostering agencies, residential centres, and other children's social care services.

  5. Improvement notices and directions

    Improvement notices and directions about children's services issued to councils by the Department for Education.

  6. Independent reviewing officers' handbook

    Statutory guidance relating to care planning and reviewing arrangements for looked-after children.

  7. Ofsted inspections of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

    Documents relating to Ofsted's inspection of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass).

  8. Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF)

    For inspection from 1 April 2017. The framework and inspection letters and forms.

  9. The social care common inspection framework: questions and answers

    Further information on the social care common inspection framework.

Children's homes and other residential care inspections

Social care common inspection framework for residential family centres, holiday schemes for disabled children, secure children’s homes.

  1. Children's homes: inspection documents

    For inspection from 1 April 2017. Annex A and inspection guidance for secure children's homes.

  2. Inspections of secure training centres

    Documents relating to inspection by Ofsted, Her Majesty’s, the Care Quality Commission and the Inspectorate of Prisons.

  3. Residential family centres: inspection documents

    For inspection from 1 April 2017. Annex A for residential family centre inspections.

  4. Residential holiday schemes for disabled children: inspection documents

    For inspection from 1 April 2017. The letter of notice and Annex A for residential holiday schemes for disabled children inspections.

  5. Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): children’s homes, including secure children’s homes

    Guidance about how children’s homes, including secure children’s homes, are inspected.

  6. Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): residential family centres

    Guidance about how residential family centres are inspected.

  7. Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): residential holiday schemes for disabled children

    Guidance about how residential holiday schemes for disabled children are inspected.

Incidents, concerns and feedback about children's social care providers

Social care online questionnaires, Ofsted safeguarding policy. Complain about an Ofsted report, tell Ofsted about a serious childcare incident.

  1. 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

  2. How Ofsted deals with causes for concern

    This guidance sets out the steps Ofsted takes in considering causes for concern.

  3. Ofsted safeguarding policy

    Policy on identifying and responding to concerns regarding the safeguarding and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

  4. Social care online questionnaires: guidance for providers

    Guidance for social care providers about distributing the 2017 online questionnaires and a poster to use to promote the questionnaires.

  5. 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.

  6. Whistleblowing about children's social care services to Ofsted

    What Ofsted will do after being informed of certain concerns about children’s social care services.

Inspections of fostering and adoption agencies

Social care common inspection framework for adoption support agencies, voluntary adoption agencies and independent fostering agencies.

  1. Adoption support agencies: inspection documents

    For inspection from 1 April 2017. The letter of notice, pre-inspection form and case list form for adoption support agencies inspections.

  2. Independent fostering agencies: inspection documents

    For inspection from 1 April 2017. Letter of notice for independent fostering agencies inspections.

  3. Ofsted annual fostering data collection: 2016 to 2017 form

    This is the 2016 to 2017 data collection form. Response required by 30 June 2017.

  4. Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): adoption support agencies

    Guidance about how adoption support agencies are inspected.

  5. Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): independent fostering agencies

    Guidance about how independent fostering agencies are inspected.

  6. Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): voluntary adoption agencies

    Guidance about how voluntary adoption agencies are inspected.

  7. Voluntary adoption agencies: inspection documents

    For inspection from 1 April 2017. The letter of notice and case list form for voluntary adoption agency inspections.

Inspections of local authority children's services

Guidance on local authority children’s services judged inadequate, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) inspections.

  1. Joint inspections of local area services

    Documents and reports for joint targeted inspections by Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Inspectorate of Probation.

  2. Ofsted inspections of local authority children's services

    Documents relating to Ofsted's inspections of local authority children's services.