Guidance

Register as a provider of children's social care services

Information for social care providers and managers on how to register with Ofsted as well as separate guidance to help with online applications.

Documents

Guide to registration for children's social care services

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Social care online applications: information for applicants

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Details

This guidance will help you decide whether you need to apply for registration and explains what processes your application will go through before we can decide whether you are suitable to be registered as a social care provider or manager.

Published 9 August 2014
Last updated 2 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated information for applicants who have lived abroad obtaining DBS certificates.
  2. Updated information about applications from charities, planning permission documents and accepting copies of DBS certificates.
  3. To clarify our current policy we have amended the text about applicants from abroad.
  4. Updated guidance to clarify that we do not register satellite children’s homes.
  5. All documents replaced: we have updated the types of financial information required by trusts and included more information about children’s homes location assessments.
  6. Updated sections 80-81 about DBS checks and the DBS update service.
  7. Guidance updated to introduce 3 stages of the application process. Applications must include all completed forms and relevant documents.
  8. Annex B and C added; minor changes for clarity in paragraphs 14, 83 and 152 to 154.
  9. Updated for changes to legislation.
  10. First published.