We’re seeking views on amending regulations in relation to Ofsted’s minimum frequency of inspections of children’s homes and the minimum frequency of inspections for children’s social care provision more generally from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

This consultation is being held on another website.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

Ofsted’s inspections of children’s social care providers operate on:

  • an annual cycle, for example to children’s homes
  • a 3-year cycle, for example to independent fostering agencies

These inspection cycles are applied through ‘the Fees and Frequency Regulations’ which set out the role and responsibilities of Ofsted under the Care Standards Act 2000.

Published 8 July 2021