Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): residential family centres

14. Inadequate judgements: next steps

What happens following inadequate judgements, including urgent case reviews.

When a centre is judged inadequate for the overall experiences and progress of children and parents, this leads to an urgent case review.

The case review considers whether statutory enforcement action is required in relation to the residential family centre and the registered manager, where there is a registered manager. The case review considers all the enforcement options available. The Social care compliance handbook has detailed information about the enforcement options available and the arrangements for following up enforcement activity.

The timing and nature of subsequent inspection and monitoring visits are set on a case-by-case basis. If concerns are serious, we are likely to return to conduct a monitoring visit to check that the manager and responsible person have taken sufficient steps to safeguard and protect the welfare of children and parents. A monitoring visit usually results in a published report. In exceptional circumstances, regulatory inspection managers (RIMs) can decide not to publish monitoring reports.

An inspection visit takes place sooner if:

  • further significant concerns arise during this period
  • it is necessary to make statutory requirements to safeguard and protect the welfare of children and parents

Any inadequacy is serious and requires immediate action. However, in some cases, the inadequacy will derive from fire risks, health and safety hazards, or other environmental factors. While serious and high risk for families, they can often be quickly rectified. Inspectors will seek to understand how and why such serious inadequacy has occurred.