Open consultation

Unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers


We're seeking views on the proposed reforms for independent and semi-independent accommodation for children's social care.

This consultation is being held on another website.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

The number of children in care aged 16 or 17 placed in unregulated settings has increased from 2,900 in 2009 to 6,100 in 2019. We want to ensure these placements are good quality.

Proposals include:

  • banning using this provision for under 16s
  • introducing national quality standards
  • ensuring independent reviewing officers represent young people’s interests
  • requiring local authorities and police forces to cooperate with each other
  • new legal powers for Ofsted to take action against illegal providers
Published 12 February 2020