Ofsted research about children’s social care.

Ofsted carries out research alongside its main inspection programme of providers.

The research programme serves a range of purposes. Depending on the subject chosen, our research provides an opportunity to focus on specific issues in greater detail than is possible during an institutional inspection.

Alternatively, it may explore an aspect that falls outside the current inspection framework, or may sample provision in areas of our remit that we do not currently inspect.


Published 15 May 2015
Last updated 28 October 2021 + show all updates

  1. Added new research ‘How groups of children’s homes work’.

  2. Added ‘Implementation review of the social care common inspection framework’ to collection.

  3. Published today: ‘Local area SEND inspections: one year on’.

  4. Added a link to survey inviting feedback on publications.

  5. First published.