Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): independent fostering agencies

Guidance on assurance visits Ofsted will carry out from September 2020 and the framework for how we inspect independent fostering agencies.

Ofsted is not currently carrying out inspections under the social care common inspection framework. However, we began making assurance visits on 1 September 2020 as part of a phased return to routine inspection.

  1. Assurance visits: independent fostering agencies Guidance on how Ofsted will carry out assurance visits to independent fostering agencies from 1 September 2020 as part of our phased return to inspection.
  2. Download inspection framework in PDF format Download the independent fostering agencies framework in PDF format.
  3. 1. Introduction What the social care common inspection framework means.
  4. 2. The inspection principles Focusing on children, being consistent, and prioritising resources.
  5. 3. The focus of inspections Evaluating the impact of services on children and young people.
  6. 4. How inspectors make judgements under the SCCIF Information about the judgements.
  7. 5. Evaluation criteria The criteria that inspectors use to make judgements, including benchmarks of what good looks like.
  8. 6. Legal context Independent fostering agencies inspections and the law.
  9. 7. National minimum standards (NMS) How inspectors use the NMS.
  10. 8. Notice The length of notice given before an inspection and the information we request.
  11. 9. Scheduling and the inspection team How an inspection is scheduled and who makes up the team.
  12. 10. Timeframe Timeframe for an inspection from planning to publication of the report.
  13. 11. Preparing for an inspection What happens before an inspection.
  14. 12. The on-site inspection What happens during an inspection.
  15. 13. Making requirements and recommendations What inspectors must do when imposing requirements and making recommendations.
  16. 14. Inadequate judgements: next steps What happens following inadequate judgements, including urgent case reviews.
  17. 15. The inspection report What is in the report and how the inspector checks and submits it.
  18. 16. Conduct during inspection How inspectors and agencies should work together.
  19. 17. Concerns or complaints about an inspection How to raise a concern or complaint.
  20. 18. Monitoring visits Information about monitoring visits.
  21. 19. Agencies where there are no children placed with foster carers Information about inspecting agencies where no children are placed with foster carers.
  22. 20. Checks on responsible individuals The responsible individual must meet the requirements of regulation.
  23. 21. Agencies where there is no registered manager What must happen where there is no registered manager.
  24. 22. Incomplete inspections What should happen if an inspection can’t be finished.
  25. 23. Fostering for adoption How we inspect agencies that provide fostering for adoption services.
  26. 24. Safeguarding and child protection concerns What an inspector must do if they have immediate concerns about a child protection issue.
  27. 25. Use of personal data Information about how we handle personal data.