Children’s social care providers: Fees and inspections 2023-24

Closed 18 Jan 2023

Opened 30 Nov 2022


We're seeking views on proposed changes to Ofsted fees and a minimum inspection frequency for secure 16-19 academies (secure schools). 

Why your views matter

We are proposing to increase Ofsted fees for the regulation and inspection of children’s social care providers and some residential educational establishments by 10% for providers not paying the full cost rate.

We are also proposing to set a minimum inspection frequency for secure 16-19 academies - a new type of custodial provision for children and young people remanded or sentenced to detention in relation to a criminal offence. 

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.


  • Local authorities
  • Young people
  • Foster carers
  • Community representatives
  • Volunteers
  • Social workers
  • Government bodies and departments
  • Social workers
  • Team managers
  • Service managers
  • Principle social workers
  • Directors of children's services
  • Adult and mental health practitioners


  • Accommodation (Looked after children)
  • Advocacy (Looked after children)
  • Care leavers and former looked-after children
  • Financial support (Looked after children)
  • Friends and family care
  • Short break care
  • Social care standards and guidance
  • Disabled children