Ofsted guidance for inspectors about how to inspect initial training for the UK Armed Forces relating to welfare and duty of care.


Handbook for inspecting initial training for the Armed Forces, with reference to welfare and duty of care

PDF, 350KB, 32 pages


Ofsted inspects the measures taken to secure the care and welfare of recruits and trainees undergoing initial training in the UK Armed Forces. This applies to all phase 1 and phase 2 initial training in the UK and overseas.

This handbook is a guide for inspectors on how to carry out inspections of Armed Forces training establishments, or of units that provide training within operational military establishments.

The guidance is based on the education inspection framework as it applies to further education and skills, where possible. It is contextualised for the inspection of care and welfare in MoD Armed Forces initial training.

Inspections are commissioned by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces and administered through the Chief of Defence People’s Training, Education, Skills, Recruiting and Resettlement team (TESRR) at the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Published 17 September 2020