What you need to know about registering with Ofsted if you want to open or manage a residential family centre.


Introduction to residential family centres



This guide sets out what a residential family centre is and what you must do if you intend to open one.

You should also read our main guide to registration, which applies to all children’s social care services.

View Ofsted’s registration services and forms.

Published 12 April 2012
Last updated 22 February 2021 + show all updates

  1. Revised throughout for clarity.

  2. Updated to reflect the June 2016 amendments to the inspection framework.

  3. Updated to reflect the current inspection framework.

  4. First published.