Guidance on how Ofsted inspects children’s homes.


Assurance visits: children’s homes


Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): children’s homes



This framework sets out Ofsted’s process for inspecting children’s homes.

Our approach is underpinned by the following 3 principles that apply to all social care inspections:

  • to focus on the things that matter most to children’s lives
  • to be consistent in our expectations of providers
  • to prioritise our work where improvement is needed most

Published 22 February 2017
Last updated 19 March 2021 + show all updates

  1. Updated guidance to reflect the changes to Ofsted’s post-inspection processes and complaints handling (including the timeline) that we introduced in September 2020. Reference added to the frequency of inspections being subject to consultation. Added guidance on inspecting children’s homes during COVID-19 restrictions. Minor edits for readability.

  2. First published.