Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): residential provision of further education colleges

3. The focus of inspections

Evaluating the impact of services on young people.

The SCCIF has a consistent and clear focus on evaluating the impact of care and support on the experiences and progress of young people, largely through case tracking and sampling. This means that:

  • inspectors spend less time looking at policies and procedures and more time looking at the impact of services on young people’s lives
  • we give the minimum notice of inspection, so that we can see settings as they are on a day-to-day basis, and so that the time providers may spend preparing for inspection is reduced as much as possible; we will be reviewing whether to reduce the notice period for settings that still have relatively lengthy notice arrangements
  • we have set out as clearly as possible the details of the information required by inspectors to assist their inspection; this will enable providers to produce their best evidence whenever we give notice of inspection