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

7. How inspectors use the national minimum standards

How inspectors use the NMS.

Residential family centres must follow the regulations. Where they do not, inspectors identify clearly what providers must do by setting requirements or compliance or enforcement action.

The Department for Education also publishes national minimum standards (NMS). If providers don’t meet these, it may indicate a failure to meet the regulations. Inspectors consider:

  • the impact on children and parents
  • how it should influence the judgements and outcome of the inspection, including any enforcement action

A failure to meet a regulation doesn’t automatically lead to a judgement of requires improvement.

Requirements may still be made where providers are judged to be good.

We use recommendations to indicate where practice can improve. These are always related to the relevant NMS and the regulations.