20. Checks on responsible individuals
The responsible individual must meet the requirements of regulation.
The Fostering services regulations (2011) require fostering agencies to have a responsible individual.
A provider must demonstrate to Ofsted that the responsible individual they appoint is able to meet the requirements of regulation. Ofsted’s inspectors scrutinise the steps providers have taken to determine that a responsible individual who has been appointed to a registered establishment or agency is fit to supervise the management of an establishment or agency.
This scrutiny applies in situations where:
- the identity of a responsible individual changes
- a person acting as responsible individual becomes responsible for the management of another registered establishment or agency that they did not supervise on 31 March 2014
For further information, see ‘Changes to children’s social care services that are registered and/or inspector by Ofsted’ (Annex A).