Ofsted’s policy on conditions of registration for providers and managers of social work services.
This guidance sets out Ofsted’s approach to setting conditions of registration for providers and managers of social work services. Providers of social work services contract with a local authority to provide delegated local authority functions regarding children looked after and/or care leavers. Any provider or manager of social work services must register with Ofsted as an agency/manager under the Care Standards Act 2000. It is an offence to provide or manage a social work service without registration. Ofsted is the registration authority under the Care Standards Act 2000, therefore providers and managers are legally obligated to register with Ofsted.