Children's social care: when and how to register with Ofsted

Guidance on when and how children's social care providers should register with Ofsted.

You must register with Ofsted to open, run or manage:

  • an adoption support agency
  • a children’s home or secure children’s home
  • an independent fostering agency
  • a residential family centre
  • a residential holiday scheme for disabled children
  • a voluntary adoption agency

View our main guide to registration and our registration services and forms.


Published 13 February 2015
Last updated 21 June 2016 + show all updates
  1. Residential family centre and residential holiday scheme for disabled children guidance updated to reflect June 2016 amendments to their inspection frameworks.

  2. First published.