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

25. Incomplete inspections

What should happen if an inspection can’t be finished.

On rare occasions, a very significant or serious incident may occur such as a death of a child or a child committing a very serious offence, after an inspection has been carried out but before the inspection report has been published. On these occasions, inspectors and managers should follow ‘Gathering additional evidence to secure an incomplete inspection – Ofsted protocol’.

This protocol sets out the arrangements for inspections that are deemed to be incomplete because there is a need to gather additional evidence in order to secure the inspection evidence base where the report has not been published. Further action to complete the inspection and revise and report the findings may be required.