Proposed changes to Ofsted inspection frequencies for children's social care providers from 2021-22

Closes 20 Aug 2021

Opened 8 Jul 2021


We're seeking views to :

  • Amend inspection cycles for children’s homes
  • Manage inspections for children’s social care provision from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

Why we are consulting

The frequency with which Ofsted has a duty to inspect children’s homes and other providers are set out in Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Services and Skills (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) (Children’s Homes etc.) Regulations 2015 as amended.  The changes proposed would be effective from 1 October 2021.   

These proposals aim to give Ofsted more flexibility to deploy their support and resources and to prioritise inspections on a more risk-assessed basis by using up-to-date judgements, evidence and intelligence. 



Give us your views


  • Social workers


  • Education
  • Accommodation (Looked after children)