Children’s homes inspections

*All references to years are to financial years, beginning 1st April and ending 31st March

2004

The law required that every children’s home was inspected at least twice a year. Inspection body was then the Commission for Social Care Inspection.

2007

The law required that every children’s home was inspected at least twice a year. Inspection body now Ofsted.

2015

The law required that every children’s home was inspected at least twice a year.

2017

The law was changed so that children’s homes which were judged overall as good or outstanding, and then in their next inspection were not judged overall as less than good, could be inspected at least once (instead of twice) the following year.

Changes did not apply to secure children’s homes; they continue to be inspected twice a year.

2021

The law was further amended so that children’s homes which are judged overall as good or outstanding are only required to have one inspection that year (the Chief Inspector may decide to undertake more). (The 2017 changes had required two consecutive positive inspections before only one inspection the following year was permitted).

The law was changed giving Ofsted’s Chief Inspector flexibility over children’s homes which are judged overall as less than good, when an inspection has occurred on or after the 1st January, and there has not been two inspections that year. If the Chief Inspector is unable to arrange the next inspection by the end of March that year, it can be undertaken within the first three months of the following year.

Changes do not apply to secure children’s homes; they continue to be inspected twice a year.

The Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) (Children’s Homes etc.) Regulations 2015 (as amended)