Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): residential holiday schemes for disabled children

20. Residential holiday schemes where there is no registered manager

What must happen where there is no registered manager.

The Care Standards Act 2000 requires any person who carries on or manages a residential holiday scheme for disabled children to be registered with Ofsted. It is a criminal offence to operate or manage a residential holiday scheme without registering with Ofsted (Section 11 of the Care Standards Act 2000).

Any failures to notify Ofsted of the absence or change of a manager, or a failure to put in place satisfactory management arrangements, will be taken into account when planning and undertaking inspections. For more information, see: ‘Changes to children’s social care services that are registered and/or inspected by Ofsted’ (2017).

Actions to be taken may include, but are not limited to, bringing the date of the inspection forward and using this information in our judgement about the leadership and management of the agency. If a provider fails to notify Ofsted of a change of manager, this may also influence our assessment of their fitness to manage. For more information about what regulatory action Ofsted can take, please refer to Ofsted’s Social care compliance handbook (2015).