Ofsted social care survey reports

Ofsted survey and thematic reports for social care.

Ofsted carries out an annual programme of survey reports alongside its main inspection programme of providers.

The survey programme serves a range of purposes. Depending on the subject chosen, a survey provides an opportunity to focus on specific issues in greater detail than is possible during an institutional inspection. Alternatively, it may explore an aspect that falls outside the current inspection framework, or may sample provision in areas of our remit not currently subject to an inspection programme.

In surveys Ofsted can examine relationships between institutions and between providers and other agencies. Ofsted can evaluate the impact on providers and learners of recent policy developments.

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  1. Local area SEND inspections: one year on
  2. Children in need and child protection: quality of early help and social work assessments
  3. Sexual exploitation of children: Ofsted thematic report
  4. Early help services: how well are they meeting children's needs?
  5. Effective leadership of children’s services: joining the dots
  6. Looked after children living away from their home area: from a distance
  7. Professional responses to neglect: in the child’s time
  8. Private fostering: better understanding of local authority arrangements
  9. Independent reviewing officers: taking up the challenge?
  10. Joint working between adult and children’s services: what about the children?
  11. Missing children
  12. Services for deaf children: communication is the key
  13. The impact of virtual schools on the education of looked after children
  14. Protecting disabled children: thematic inspection
  15. Exploring delays in adoption: right on time
  16. Support for social workers
  17. How services prevent young people entering care: edging away from care
  18. Learning lessons from serious case reviews
  19. Good practice by local safeguarding children boards
  20. Commissioning young people’s services: evaluation of approaches
  21. Listening to children in serious case reviews
  22. Outstanding children’s homes
Published 15 May 2015
Last updated 18 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Published today: 'Local area SEND inspections: one year on'.
  2. Added a link to survey inviting feedback on publications.
  3. First published.