What we do

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Ofsted is a non-ministerial department.

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Our management

Contact Ofsted

Complaints about schools and childminders

Complaints about other providers Ofsted inspects

Contact Ofsted about concerns

Please contact your local council or call local police on 101 if you're worried about a child who is at risk of being harmed. If the child is in immediate danger, call police on 999.

General enquiries

Our helpline is open from 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday).
If you have difficulties hearing or speaking on the phone, you can use the Next Generation Text Service.

Early years providers: tell Ofsted about an incident

Social care providers: tell Ofsted about an incident

Request an Ofsted speaker

Make an FOI request

  1. Read about the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and how to make a request
  2. Check our previous releases to see if we’ve already answered your question
  3. Make a new request by contacting us at:

FOI requests for Ofsted

Corporate information

Jobs and contracts

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