Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): children’s homes, including secure children’s homes

Guidance about how children’s homes, including secure children’s homes, are inspected.

The SCCIF is for use from April 2017.

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. 1. Introduction What the social care common inspection framework means.
  2. 2. The inspection principles Focusing on children, being consistent and prioritising resources.
  3. 3. The focus of inspections Evaluating the impact of services on children and young people.
  4. 4. How inspectors make judgements under the SCCIF Information about the judgements.
  5. 5. Evaluation criteria The criteria that inspectors use to make judgements, including benchmarks of what good looks like.
  6. 6. Legal context Children's homes inspections and the law.
  7. 7. The regulations, the government guide and the SCIFF How inspectors use the quality standards.
  8. 8. Types of inspection The differences between full inspections, interim inspections and monitoring inspections.
  9. 9. Notice The length of notice given before an inspection and the information we request.
  10. 10. Scheduling and the inspection team How an inspection is scheduled and who makes up the team.
  11. 11. Timeframe Timeframe for an inspection from planning to publication of the report.
  12. 12. Preparing for an inspection What happens before a full inspection.
  13. 13. The on-site inspection What happens during a full inspection.
  14. 14. Making requirements and recommendations What inspectors must do when imposing requirements and making recommendations.
  15. 15. Inadequate judgements: next steps What happens following inadequate judgements, including urgent case reviews.
  16. 16. The inspection report What is in the report and how the inspector checks and submits it.
  17. 17. Conduct during inspections How inspectors and children's homes should work together.
  18. 18. Concerns or complaints about an inspection How to raise a concern or complaint.
  19. 19. Interim inspections Information about interim inspections.
  20. 20. Monitoring visits Information about monitoring visits.
  21. 21. Checks on responsible individuals The responsible individual must meet the requirements of regulation.
  22. 22. Inspections where no children are living in the home What happens if there are no children living in the home at the time of inspection.
  23. 23. Homes where there is no registered manager What must happen where there is no registered manager.
  24. 24. Inspecting different types of homes How inspections take account of the different types of children’s homes.
  25. 25. Incomplete inspections What should happen if an inspection can’t be finished.
  26. 26. Approval of secure children’s homes How inspections inform the approval of secure children’s homes.
  27. 27. Use of restraint The use of restraint in children’s homes that provide education, including homes that are registered as a school.
  28. 28. Homes that accommodate young adults Information about inspecting homes that accommodate young adults.
  29. 29. Safeguarding and child protection concerns What an inspector must do if they have immediate concerns about a child protection issue.