The framework and evaluation schedule for inspection of secure training centres, for use from April 2019.


Joint inspection framework: secure training centres


Annex A: Request for information – annual inspection of a secure training centre

PDF, 334KB, 10 pages

Annex A: Request for information – annual inspection of a secure training centre

MS Word Document, 517KB

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected].Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Annex B: CQC requirement notice

PDF, 471KB, 1 page

Annex C: CQC requirement letter

PDF, 535KB, 4 pages


The framework sets out how Ofsted, together with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons and the Care Quality Commission, will inspect secure training centres. This framework came into force in April 2019.

We carried out assurance visits of secure training centres from September 2020 until March 2021. View archived guidance on these assurance visits.

Published 7 February 2014
Last updated 19 March 2021 + show all updates

  1. Removed guidance on assurance visits as these are no longer taking place. We have revised the secure training centres framework to take the 2019 education inspection framework into account and updated the timeline so there is a shorter timescale to report publication. We have also revised the Annex A form.

  2. Added guidance on assurance visits that Ofsted will carry out from 1 September 2020 and updated letter requesting information for visits.

  3. Revised the secure training centre framework following a consultation in July to August 2018 and added a model letter and request for information. Inspectors will begin using this on 1 April 2019.

  4. Youth Justice Board references updated to Youth Custody Service. New paragraph 22 confirms inspectors follow the HMIP urgent notification process where necessary.

  5. Slight amendments to paragraph 6 on page 3 (clarifying regulatory responsibilities) and paragraph 12 on page 4 (about communication with young people, including individual meetings).

  6. Paragraph 6 revised for clarity; footnote 5 updated with new link.

  7. Framework for use from September 2015 published

  8. First published.