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

23. Homes where there is no registered manager

What must happen where there is no registered manager.

The Care Standards Act 2000 requires any person who carries on or manages a children’s home to be registered with Ofsted. It is a criminal offence to operate or manage an independent fostering agency without registering with Ofsted (Section 11 of the Care Standards Act 2000).

If a children’s home does not have a manager in post, has a new registered manager or has a manager that is not yet registered, inspectors should consider whether an interim inspection is required during that inspection year if the home was judged outstanding or good at its last full inspection.

If there is no manager in charge of the home, the inspector should raise a requirement under regulation 27 of the Children’s homes (England) regulations 2015. Regulations 48 and 49 require the responsible individual to notify Ofsted if the manager is to be absent for 28 days or more or if they leave.

Any failure to either notify Ofsted of the absence or change of a manager or a failure to put in place satisfactory management arrangements will be taken into account when planning and undertaking inspections. For more information, see: ‘Changes to children’s social care services that are registered and/or inspected by Ofsted’(2015).

Actions to be taken may include, but are not limited to, bringing the date of the inspection forward and using this information to inform our judgement about the leadership and management of the agency. If a provider fails to notify Ofsted of a change of manager, this may also influence our assessment of their fitness to manage. For more information about what regulatory action Ofsted can take, please refer to Ofsted’s Social care compliance handbook (2015).