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

Please note that social care providers and managers will only be able to apply online in the near future. Ofsted will confirm the date in advance. After this date we will no longer accept paper application forms.

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 29 September 2017 + full page history
  1. Updated sections 80-81 about DBS checks and the DBS update service.
  2. Guidance updated to introduce 3 stages of the application process. Applications must include all completed forms and relevant documents.
  3. Annex B and C added; minor changes for clarity in paragraphs 14, 83 and 152 to 154.
  4. Updated for changes to legislation.
  5. First published.