6. Legal context
Residential family centre inspections and the law.
Under the Education and Inspections Act 2006, Ofsted carries out its work in ways that encourage the services it inspects and regulates to:
- be user-focused
- be efficient and effective in the use of resources
Section 5(1A) of the Care Standards Act 2000 provides that HMCI is the registration authority for residential family centres and other establishments and agencies to which Part 2 of that Act applies.
The Care Standards Act 2000 sets out Ofsted’s powers to register and inspect residential family centres and, where necessary, enforce compliance with the Act and the relevant regulations. Section 4 (2) of the Act defines a residential family centre.
When inspecting residential family centres, Ofsted takes into consideration the knowledge and understanding gained from previous inspections and: