Ofsted social care research

Ofsted research about children's social care.

Ofsted carries out research alongside its main inspection programme of providers.

The research programme serves a range of purposes. Depending on the subject chosen, our research 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 that we do not currently inspect.


  1. Joint inspections of the response to child sexual abuse in the family environment
  2. Joint inspections of the response to children experiencing neglect
  3. Growing up neglected: a multi-agency response to older children
  4. Local area SEND inspections: one year on
  5. Children in need and child protection: quality of early help and social work assessments
  6. Sexual exploitation of children: Ofsted thematic report
  7. Early help services: how well are they meeting children's needs?
  8. Effective leadership of children’s services: joining the dots
  9. Looked after children living away from their home area: from a distance
  10. Professional responses to neglect: in the child’s time
  11. Private fostering: better understanding of local authority arrangements
  12. Independent reviewing officers: taking up the challenge?
  13. Joint working between adult and children’s services: what about the children?
  14. Missing children
  15. Services for deaf children: communication is the key
  16. The impact of virtual schools on the education of looked after children
  17. Protecting disabled children: thematic inspection
  18. Exploring delays in adoption: right on time
  19. Support for social workers
  20. How services prevent young people entering care: edging away from care
  21. Learning lessons from serious case reviews
  22. Good practice by local safeguarding children boards
  23. Commissioning young people’s services: evaluation of approaches
  24. Listening to children in serious case reviews
  25. 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.