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

8. Notice

The length of notice given before an inspection and the information we request.

8.1 Notice of an inspection

Inspections of residential family centres are unannounced.

We ask centres to provide access to premises, records and space to work. Inspectors may ask for help to navigate electronic records systems.

Centres don’t need to provide files in hard copy unless these are already used, although the inspector may ask for specific reports or documents to be printed.

8.2 Request for information at an inspection

At the start of an inspection, the inspector gives the manager in charge a copy of Annex A to complete and agrees with them when this will be ready.

This information is requested under section 31 of the Care Standards Act 2000. It supports the inspection process and informs the inspection findings. It may generate supplementary lines of enquiry.

Providers can download a copy to keep updated ready for their full inspection. They can send this to the inspector electronically, during the inspection.

Some of the information is stored by Ofsted as inspection evidence. No personal data is stored.