Guidance: Social care: Ofsted's enforcement policy


February 27
16:27 2023


This policy explains how we regulate certain types of childrens social care. It also sets out:

  • our powers under the law
  • what actions we can take if providers are not following the regulations
  • what we may do if we find out about unregistered provision
Published 15 October 2014
Last updated 27 February 2023 +show all updates
  1. Updated with information about childrens homes that are also registered by the DfE as independent schools or approved as non-maintained special schools.

  2. Reviewed the content to make it more accessible and user-friendly (no change to our enforcement powers and general approach to regulation). See 'Summary of changes' for details.

  3. First published.

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