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

20. Positive environments where children can flourish

Guidance for inspectors about physical intervention and restrictions of liberty.

Inspectors should use Positive environments where children can flourish to evaluate how providers and managers create a positive environment for children to live and learn in and where staff interact positively with children. This guidance applies to inspections of children’s homes and the welfare provision in residential special schools and boarding schools and to the inspection of schools.

The guidance is not a summary of the law or guidance on the area of physical intervention and restriction of liberty. This is about an approach to inspection.

Where social care regulatory inspectors are undertaking inspections alongside education inspectors, they must familiarise themselves with the relevant Ofsted frameworks and inspector guidance, and also the non-statutory DfE guidance for governing bodies, headteachers and school staff clarifying the use of force in schools: