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

7. National minimum standards (NMS)

How inspectors use the NMS.

Residential holiday schemes must follow the requirements of the regulations. Where they do not, inspectors identify clearly what the schemes must do by setting requirements or compliance or enforcement action.

The Department for Education also publishes national minimum standards (NMS). If providers do not meet the national minimum standards, this may indicate a failure to meet the regulations. Inspectors consider carefully the impact on children and how it should influence the judgements and outcome of the inspection, including any enforcement action.

A failure to meet a regulation does not 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 regulation/s.