Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): secure children’s homes

Guidance about how secure children’s homes are inspected, for use from September 2019.

This guidance only relates to secure children’s homes. View children’s homes guidance.

Our first principle of inspection is to focus on the things that matter most to children’s lives. The SCCIF is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ framework. The evaluation criteria are broadly consistent across the different types of children’s social care services but they reflect the unique nature of each type of service.

  1. Download PDF version Download the secure children's homes framework in PDF format.
  2. 1. Introduction What the social care common inspection framework means
  3. 2. The inspection principles Focusing on children, being consistent and prioritising resources.
  4. 3. The focus of inspections Evaluating the impact of services on children and young people.
  5. 4. How inspectors make judgements under the SCCIF Information about the judgements inspectors make.
  6. 5. Evaluation criteria The criteria that inspectors use to make judgements, including benchmarks of what good looks like.
  7. 6. Legal criteria Secure children's homes inspections and the law.
  8. 7. The regulations, the government guide and the SCCIF How inspectors use the quality standards.
  9. 8. Types of inspection The differences between full inspections, interim inspections and monitoring inspections.
  10. 9. Notice The length of notice given before an inspection and the information we request.
  11. 10. Scheduling and the inspection team How an inspection is scheduled and who makes up the team.
  12. 11. Timeframe Timeframe for an inspection from planning to publication of the report.
  13. 12. Preparing for an inspection What happens before a full inspection.
  14. 13. The on-site inspection What happens during a full inspection.
  15. 14. Making requirements and recommendations What inspectors must do when imposing requirements and making recommendations.
  16. 15. Inadequate judgements: next steps What happens following inadequate judgements, including urgent case reviews.
  17. 16. The inspection report What's in the report and how the inspector checks and submits it.
  18. 17.Conduct during inspections How inspectors and secure children's homes should work together.
  19. 18. Concerns or complaints about an inspection How to raise a concern or complaint.
  20. 19. Interim inspections Information about interim inspections.
  21. 20. Monitoring visits Information about monitoring visits.
  22. 21. Checks on responsible individuals The responsible individual must meet the requirements of regulation.
  23. 22. Inspections when no children are living in the home What happens if there are no children living in the home at the time of inspection.
  24. 23. Homes where there is no registered manager What must happen where there is no registered manager.
  25. 24. Homes accommodating disabled children Information about what inspectors look at in homes that care for disabled children.
  26. 25. Incomplete inspections What should happen if an inspection cannot be finished.
  27. 26. Approval of secure children’s homes How inspections inform the approval of secure children’s homes
  28. 27. Positive environments where children can flourish Guidance for inspectors about physical intervention and restrictions of liberty.
  29. 28. Homes that accommodate young adults Information about inspecting homes that accommodate young adults.
  30. 29. Safeguarding and child protection concerns What an inspector must do if they have immediate concerns about a child protection issue.
  31. 30. Qualifications of registered managers and staff in secure children’s homes What qualifications registered managers and staff need, and what happens if they do not have these.
  32. 31. Use of personal data Information about how we handle personal data.