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

19. Agencies where there are no children placed with foster carers

Information about inspecting agencies where no children have been placed for more than 3 months.

If there are no children placed with an agency at the time of a planned full inspection, the inspection will not usually be postponed. Inspections focus on whether registration requirements continue to be met, including the suitability of management arrangements. Inspections assess the agency’s fitness to operate and take account of any changes the provider has made to improve the quality of the care to be provided.

Where a fostering agency has had no children placed with foster carers for more than 3 months and the agency has indicated that it does not intend to operate in the near future, reports must contain the following statement:

[Insert name of fostering agency] has been closed for [insert length of time]. The registered provider has indicated that they will not be operational for [state length of time from the date of inspection]. Should the agency decide to accept placements, they are required to inform Ofsted of their intention before they do so.

All other inspections

If there are no children placed with an agency at the time of a planned full inspection, the inspection should not usually be postponed. Inspections focus on whether registration requirements continue to be met, including the suitability of management arrangements. Inspections assess the agency’s fitness to operate and take account of any changes the provider has made to improve the quality of the care to be provided.

Where a fostering agency has had no children placed with foster carers for more than 3 months and the agency has indicated that it does not intend to operate in the near future, reports must contain the following statement:

[Insert name of fostering agency] has been closed for [insert length of time]. The registered provider has indicated that they will not be operational for [state length of time from the date of inspection]. Should the agency decide to accept placements, they are required to inform Ofsted of their intention before they do so.