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

26. Approval of secure children’s homes

How inspections inform the approval of secure children’s homes.

For secure children’s homes, the approval process will be incorporated into Ofsted’s bi-annual inspection activity. The Secretary of State will make decisions about the approval of the home as a secure children’s home based on the outcome of the Ofsted full and interim inspections (see: ‘Memorandum of understanding between Ofsted and Department for Education: secure children’s homes’ (2012).

The Department for Education (DfE) will review the approval at least every 3 years using Ofsted inspection evidence and other information (such as that provided by the DfE architectural adviser). Where requested by the DfE, Ofsted will contribute to the Secretary of State’s evaluation and provide appropriate advice.