Research reports commissioned in response to an IICSA recommendation to introduce professional registration requirements for carers in children’s homes.


Children’s homes workforce literature review

Ref: ISBN 978-1-83870-078-2, DfE-RR1146PDF, 888KB, 55 pages

Children’s homes workforce: call for evidence

Ref: ISBN 978-1-83870-077-5, DfE-RR1147PDF, 833KB, 70 pages


The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) recommended in its Interim Report (April 2018), that the Department for Education (DfE) introduces registration of staff working in care roles in children’s homes. They recommended an independent body be responsible for setting and maintaining standards of training, conduct and continuing professional development, with the power to enforce these through fitness to practice procedures.

DfE responded by conducting a literature review and call for evidence to examine the evidence and the views of the sector.

The government has informed IICSA that it will continue to keep the recommendation for a professional register of the residential childcare sector under review.

Published 8 July 2021