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Children's Homes Quality Standards

Regulations and Quality Standards

The regulatory framework introduced in April 2015 is ultimately designed to ensure children living in homes receive the best possible care, have the best possible experience and the best possible outcomes. Homes and those working with children will need to re-evaluate their concept of ‘possible’ to ensure it is ambitious and child centred. This section includes information on the regulatory framework and information to help you think about what this means in practice.

Inspection framework

Inspection framework

Ofsted regulates and inspects all children’s homes in England. The residential child care sector supports some of our most vulnerable children and young people and so inspection must shine a spotlight on what works well.

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Quality Standards

Quality Standards

There are 9 Quality Standards for children's homes listed here alongside question to help you prepare to implement them.

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Fundamental focus

Fundamental focus

A diagram depicting the fundamental focus for children’s homes.

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Your responsibilities

Your responsibilities

The Children's Homes Regulations 2015 are drafted to make the "registered person" accountable. The tool sets out the specific responsibilities the legislation requires registered providers to fulfil.

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