Guidance on how Ofsted inspects secure children’s homes.
This framework sets out Ofsted’s process for inspecting secure 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
Added guidance on inspecting secure children’s homes during COVID-19 restrictions. Updated guidance to reflect the changes to Ofsted’s post-inspection processes and complaints handling (including the timeline) that we introduced in September 2020. Minor edits for readability.