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New and updated social care forms and guidance

Ofsted documents for social care registration and inspection of adoption support agencies, children's homes and boarding and residential schools.

Children by lamp in darkened room

A suite of social care forms and guidance has been published today.

Social care registration

Forms and guidance have been updated for new legislation.

Fee documents are available in from 1 April versions.

Please note online applications not available 31 March to 15 May 2015: further details in news story.

Inspection of adoption support agencies

Following the recent consultation the new inspection framework for adoption support agencies will introduce a judgement of ‘requires improvement’ for inspections from April 2015.

The evaluation schedule includes revised evaluation criteria for ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’, and a limiting judgement for the overall effectiveness grade where any judgement area is found to be ‘inadequate’.

Inspection of boarding and residential provision in schools

Following the recent consultation the new inspection framework for boarding and residential special schools we will introduce a judgement of ‘requires improvement’ for inspections from April 2015.

The evaluation schedule includes revised tougher criteria including the introduction of limiting judgements. The experiences and progress of children and young people has been put at the centre of the new inspection framework.

Childrens’ homes inspection documents and incident forms

The inspection handbook and Annex A as a form for providers to complete are now available for inspection from 1 April 2015.

Incident notification forms are available for children’s homes and secure children’s homes for use from 1 April 2015.

Published 27 March 2015