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No less than 'good' for children's homes demands Ofsted

New framework released for consultation

Ofsted has published proposals for a new framework to improve standards in children's homes and drive up quality for the country's most vulnerable children.

The inspectorate is making its registration, inspection and enforcement practice of children's homes more robust, challenging and effective in parallel with the programme of regulatory reform proposed by the Department for Education. The new framework is said to be integral to those reforms and is open for consultation.

The consultation sets out the criteria for 'good' as the benchmark and minimum standard that children and young people should expect. As such, the current 'adequate' judgement is replaced by a judgement of 'requires improvement'.

The framework is accessible here.