Children's home: do you need to register?

What you need to know about registering with Ofsted if you want to open or manage a children's home.


Introduction to children's homes

Introduction to children's homes

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All children’s homes must register with Ofsted unless they are exempt. This guide explains to those who want to open or manage a children’s home what they must understand and prove to be registered with Ofsted.

Published 12 April 2012
Last updated 18 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. Minor updates to reflect a legislation change on exemptions from registration for 16 to 19 academies (p5), and to clarify existing guidance on unregulated and unregistered providers (p16).
  2. Updated this guidance to clarify that we do not register satellite children’s homes.
  3. Updated to make it clear when unregulated and unregistered services should register.
  4. Updated to bring in line with legislation changes in 2015.
  5. First published.