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

3. The focus of inspections

Evaluating the impact of services on children and young people.

The SCCIF has a consistent and clear focus on evaluating the impact of care and support on the experiences and progress of children and young people, largely through case tracking and sampling. This means that:

  • inspectors spend less time looking at policies and procedures and more time looking at the impact of services on children’s lives
  • we give the minimum notice of inspection, so that we can see settings as they are on a day-to-day basis and so that the time providers may spend preparing for inspection is reduced as much as possible; we will be reviewing whether to reduce the notice period for settings that still have relatively lengthy notice arrangements
  • we have set out as clearly as possible the details of the information required by inspectors to assist their inspection; this will enable providers to produce their best evidence whenever we give notice of inspection