Introduction to residential family centres

What you need to know about registering with Ofsted if you want to open or manage a residential family centre.

Applies to England



This guide sets out what a residential family centre is and what you must do if you intend to open one.

You should also read our main guide to registration, which applies to all children’s social care services.

View Ofsted’s registration services and forms.

Published 12 April 2012
Last updated 24 May 2024 + show all updates
  1. Removed the need for a financial reference, following a change in legislation.

  2. Revised throughout for clarity.

  3. Updated to reflect the June 2016 amendments to the inspection framework.

  4. Updated to reflect the current inspection framework.

  5. First published.