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

27. Positive environments where children can flourish

Guidance for inspectors about physical intervention and restrictions of liberty.

Inspectors should use the guidance Positive environments where children can flourish to evaluate how providers, managers and carers create a positive environment for children to live and learn in and where staff interact positively with children. This guidance applies to all social care inspections and to the inspection of schools.

This guidance is not a summary of the law or guidance on the area of physical intervention and restriction of liberty. This is about an approach to inspection.

Where social care regulatory inspectors are undertaking inspections alongside education inspectors, they must familiarise themselves with the relevant Ofsted frameworks and inspector guidance, and also the non-statutory DfE guidance for governing bodies, headteachers and school staff clarifying the use of force in schools: