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

15. The inspection report

What is in the report and how the inspector checks and submits it.

The report should be succinct and evaluative. Inspectors’ analysis must include clear evidence for their professional judgements.

Published reports will usually be between 10 to 12 pages long, but may be shorter. Reports for agencies that have several weaknesses or that are found to be outstanding may require more detailed explanations for the judgements. Inspectors should ensure that the reports are long enough to say what needs to be said and no longer.

15.1 Content of the SCCIF report

Information about this service Brief contextual information about the service
Date and judgement of last inspection The date and overall judgement of the last inspection
Enforcement action since the last inspection (registered providers only) A brief summary of any enforcement activity we have taken since the last inspection
Findings from this inspection This includes any areas for development for a service judged outstanding or good and any strengths for those requiring improvement to be good or inadequate
Areas for improvement Any recommendations and statutory requirements (where relevant)
Inspection judgements The judgements made and accompanying text
Information about this inspection What we have looked at and information about the legal basis for the inspection
Service details Information on the provider running the service

15.2 Child-friendly reports

Inspectors complete a child-friendly summary following every inspection of an independent fostering agency. Where children need an adapted form of summary, the report should be sent to the provider with a request for the document to be adapted into a suitable format.

Where it is known that children placed with an agency use symbols (Widgit, Makaton or Picture Communication Symbols) as a method of communication, we still provide a child-friendly summary. If appropriate, the child-friendly summary can include pictures and be shorter, using a few words that explain the outcome of the inspection.

It is anticipated that agency staff will translate the child-friendly summary, if necessary, for those children who speak English as an additional language.

15.3 Quality assurance

The inspector is responsible for the quality of the report. The inspector will check the completed report carefully before submitting to their manager for sign-off and publication.

Any proposed change of judgement from the provisional judgement given at verbal feedback during the inspection will be discussed by the appropriate managers within Ofsted. On these rare occasions, the inspector must inform the provider of the revised judgements and provide reasons for the changes before the provider receives the draft report.

Following each inspection, Ofsted will send an evaluation form to the provider. Feedback from providers will be used to improve the quality of inspections.