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Children’s homes quality standards – DfE responds to consultation

Guidance published for children’s homes

The Department for Education has published its response following the consultation into quality standards for children's homes.

The DfE received 185 responses to the online consultation.

Respondents supported the principles of the Quality Standards but had some concerns about the detail of the Regulations and content of the Guide. A number of overarching themes were identified across the consultation. They were: 

The DfE says that it has sought to make the Quality Standards and Guide more child focused throughout.

All respondents highlighted concerns about how the Guide and Standards would relate to the inspection framework and the arbitration of potential disputes between providers, Ofsted and others. Ofsted, as an independent arm's length body, conducted their own consultation on their inspection framework for children's homes between 20 November 2014 and 13 January 2015. This set out how inspectors will make inspection judgements, how they anticipate inspecting against the Quality Standards and detailed information on the proposed criteria for each judgement area. Their proposals were fully informed by our work on the Quality Standards and early headline findings from this consultation. Ofsted published the outcome of their consultation in February 2015.

The DfE has also published guidance for children's homes. The guidance is for all those involved with the care of children, and in some cases those aged 18 or over, in children's homes.

This guide accompanies the Children's Homes (England) Regulations 2015. It provides further explanation and information for everyone providing residential childcare. It is here.