Introducing national standards for unregulated accommodation

Closed 19 Jul 2021

Opened 24 May 2021

Feedback updated 20 Dec 2021

We asked

We asked for views on a proposed suite of national standards for providers of semi-independent provision for looked after children and care leavers aged 16 & 17 and how these settings should in future be regulated by Ofsted.

You said

Many respondents agreed that the proposed national standards covered the right areas. The main themes identified for further consideration covered: providing more detail on training and qualifications that will be required; introducing requirements around pre-placement visits and interviews; and, further strengthening the standards on accommodation and support. Respondents also gave views on the advantages and disadvantages of a provider level and individual-setting level Ofsted registration and inspection regime.   

We did

We will introduce mandatory national standards and provider level Ofsted registration and inspection of these placements. We will publish a copy of the national standards in early 2022, which will provide further detail and take into account the feedback received through the consultation. Ofsted will begin registering providers from April 2023, with the national standards becoming mandatory in Autumn 2023. Ofsted will begin inspections from April 2024. 


We're seeking views from care experienced young people on proposed standards for unregulated accommodation for looked after children and care leavers aged 16 & 17.

Why your views matter

We are really interested to hear from care experienced children and young people about their experiences of being in care and living in different types of accommodation to help us decide what we need to do next.

We would like to know your views on:

  • How do we tell the difference between children’s homes and independent and semi-independent accommodation? 
  • What should we call this type of accommodation?
  • What should be included in the new standards?
  • How should Ofsted make sure the accommodation is following the new standards?


  • Young people


  • Accommodation (Looked after children)
  • Keeping children safe in education and other settings