Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): boarding schools and residential special schools

Guidance about how boarding schools and residential special schools are inspected, for use from April 2019.

Our first principle of inspection is to focus on the things that matter most to children’s lives. The SCCIF is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ framework. The evaluation criteria are broadly consistent across the different types of children’s social care services but they reflect the unique nature of each type of service.

  1. Download PDF version Download the boarding schools and residential special schools framework in PDF format.
  2. 1. Introduction What the social care common inspection framework means.
  3. 2. The inspection principles Focusing on children, being consistent, and prioritising resources.
  4. 3. The focus of inspections Evaluating the impact of services on children and young people.
  5. 4. How inspectors make judgements under the SCCIF Information about the judgements.
  6. 5. Evaluation criteria The criteria that inspectors use to make judgements, including benchmarks of what good looks like.
  7. 6. Legal context Boarding and residential special schools inspections and the law
  8. 7. Notice The length of notice given before an inspection and the information we request.
  9. 8. Scheduling and the inspection team How an inspection is scheduled and who makes up the team.
  10. 9. Types of inspection Information about the different types of inspections.
  11. 10. Timeframe Timeframe for an inspection from planning to publication of the report.
  12. 11. Preparing for an inspection What happens before an inspection.
  13. 12. The on-site inspection What happens during an inspection.
  14. 13. Making requirements and recommendations What inspectors must do when making recommendations.
  15. 14. Inadequate judgements: next steps What happens following inadequate judgements, including urgent case reviews.
  16. 15. The inspection report What is in the report and how the inspector checks and submits it
  17. 16. Conduct during inspection How inspectors and residential schools should work together.
  18. 17. Concerns or complaints about an inspection How to raise a concern or complaint.
  19. 18. Monitoring visits Information about monitoring visits.
  20. 19. Incomplete inspections What should happen if an inspection can’t be finished.
  21. 20. Positive environments where children can flourish Guidance for inspectors about physical intervention and restrictions of liberty.
  22. 21. Safeguarding and child protection concerns What an inspector must do if they have immediate concerns about a child protection issue.
  23. 22. Use of personal data Information about how we handle personal data.