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

16. The inspection report

What is in the report and how the inspector checks and submits it.

The report should be succinct and evaluative. Inspectors’ analysis must include clear evidence for their professional judgements.

In most instances each inspection judgement section of the report should be no more than 6 to 8 short paragraphs with each usually only 2 or 3 sentences long. Reports for settings that have several weaknesses or that are found to be outstanding may require more detailed explanations for the judgements but should still focus on the main issues only. Inspectors should ensure that the reports are long enough to say what needs to be said and no longer.

16.1 Content of the SCCIF report

Information about this service Brief contextual information about the service
Judgements The judgements made and a single sentence that is standardised according to the overall judgement
Date and judgement of last inspection The date and overall judgement of the last inspection
Enforcement action since the last inspection (registered providers only) A brief summary of any enforcement activity we have taken since the last inspection
Recent inspection history Inspection judgements from recent years
Areas for improvement Any recommendations and statutory requirements (where relevant)
Inspection judgements The judgements made and accompanying text
Information about this inspection What we have looked at and information about the legal basis for the inspection
Service details Information on the provider running the service

16.2 Children’s homes reports

We publish children’s homes inspection reports on our website in an anonymised form to protect children. Published inspection reports do not contain any of the following:

  • the name of the home
  • the address of the home
  • any information that identifies the location of the home
  • any information that identifies an individual child or staff member at the home

Published reports contain:

  • the name of the responsible individual
  • the name and address of the registered provider (where the provider is an organisation)
  • the recent inspection history
  • details of any enforcement activity since the last inspection

The reports are only searchable by the provider’s unique reference number (URN), by local authority area or by region (for example the north west, the Midlands, etc.). The reports are not searchable by postcode.

16.3 Child-friendly summary reports

Inspectors complete a child-friendly summary following every full inspection of a children’s home. Where children need an adapted form of summary, the report should be sent to the provider with a request for the document to be adapted into a suitable format.

Where it is known that children and young people at a children’s home use symbols (Widgit, Makaton or Picture Communication Symbols) as a method of communication, we still provide a child-friendly summary. If appropriate, the child-friendly summary can include pictures and be shorter, using a few words that explain the outcome of the inspection.

It is anticipated that children’s homes staff will translate the child-friendly summary, if necessary, for those children who speak English as an additional language.

16.4 Quality assurance

The inspector is responsible for the quality of the report. The inspector will check the completed report carefully before submitting it to their manager for sign-off and publication.

Any proposed change of judgement from the provisional judgement given at verbal feedback during the inspection will be discussed by the appropriate managers within Ofsted. On these rare occasions, the inspector must inform the provider of the revised judgements and provide reasons for the changes before the provider receives the draft report.

Following each inspection, Ofsted will send an evaluation form to the provider. Feedback from providers will be used to improve the quality of inspections.