Fees and frequency of inspection regulations 2020 to 21

Closed 11 Feb 2020

Opened 14 Jan 2020

Results expected 18 Feb 2020

Feedback expected 2 Mar 2020


The aim of this consultation is to seek views of key stakeholders on proposed changes to the Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) (Children's Homes etc) Regulations 2015.

Why We Are Consulting

This consultation seeks views of interested parties on proposed changes to Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) (Children’s Homes etc.) Regulations 2015, which relate to Ofsted’s role and responsibilities under the Care Standards Act 2000 inspecting and regulating services that care for children and young people and services providing education and skills for all ages.

We seek views on 10% increase on current fees payable by children’s social care providers when not at full cost recovery.  Annexes A and B (annual fee and registration/variation fee) set out the proposed 2020/21 fees.

What Happens Next

The results of the consultation and the Department's response will be published on GOV.UK in Spring 2020.


  • Local authorities
  • Employers
  • Community representatives
  • Social workers
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Government bodies and departments
  • Social workers
  • Team managers
  • Service managers
  • Principle social workers
  • Directors of children's services


  • Adoption
  • Fostering
  • Accommodation (Looked after children)
  • Friends and family care
  • Health and wellbeing (Looked after children)
  • Social care standards and guidance
  • Special guardianship
  • Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation
  • Equality