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Tell Ofsted about a serious childcare incident: online form for local authorities

Notification form for use by local authorities to tell Ofsted about serious childcare incidents for children living at home or in care.

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Reasons for a local authority to use the serious childcare incident notification include:

  • death of a child (including suspected suicide) where abuse or neglect is known or suspected
  • serious injury to a child where abuse or neglect is known or suspected
  • death of a looked after child
  • death of a child in a regulated setting or service

Serious case reviews

Local Safeguarding Children Boards should notify Ofsted, the Department for Education and the National Panel of Independent Experts on Serious Case Reviews.

Contact details for Ofsted are:

Applications, Regulatory and Contact Team
Ofsted
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
Manchester
M12 WD

Email: SCR.SIN@ofsted.gov.uk

Secure email for receipt of sensitive information: scr.sin@ofsted.cjsm.net

However, in urgent situations, particularly if there is significant media interest, telephone Ofsted on 0300 123 1231.

Contact details for the Department for Education are:

Serious Incident Briefing Team
Department for Education
Level 1, Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3BT

Email: Mailbox.CPOD@education.gov.uk

Contact details for the National Panel of Independent Experts on Serious Case Reviews are:

National Panel Secretariat
c/o Department for Education
Level 1, Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3BT

Email: Mailbox.SCRPANEL@education.gov.uk

Children’s social care providers

Use the separate notification form for:

  • adoption support agencies
  • children’s homes
  • independent fostering agencies
  • residential family centres
  • secure children’s homes
  • voluntary adoption agencies