Children's social care providers: fees and inspections 2022

Closed 14 Jan 2022

Opened 19 Nov 2021


We're seeking views 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 your views matter

We are proposing to increase fees for children’s social care providers by 10% and to introduce new fees for multi-building children’s homes.

We are also proposing to reset the three year inspection cycle for residential family centres, voluntary adoption agencies, adoption support agencies and fostering agencies.

It is important that we hear from all those with an interest in children’s social care provision in order for us to understand the impact of our proposals on the sector and if there are any issues that they may create.


  • Social workers
  • Team managers
  • Service managers
  • Principle social workers
  • Directors of children's services
  • Adult and mental health practitioners


  • Adoption
  • Fostering
  • Accommodation (Looked after children)
  • Advocacy (Looked after children)
  • Care leavers and former looked-after children
  • Financial support (Looked after children)
  • Friends and family care
  • Health and wellbeing (Looked after children)
  • Programmes and initiatives (Looked after children)
  • Short break care
  • Social care standards and guidance
  • Special guardianship
  • Support in education
  • Keeping children safe in education and other settings
  • Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation
  • Safeguarding disabled children
  • Social workers' standards
  • Disabled children