Regulation 44 Inspection Visits

"I feel this is a true reflection of the home. The audit was carried out with as little disruption to the home as possible and the independent visitor did not overload the young people on her first visit, which was appreciated."

The Children’s Homes Regulations and Quality Standards 2015

requires that the registered provider shall appoint, at the registered provider’s expense, an independent person to visit and report on the children’s home in accordance with this regulation. This is to ensure objective critical analysis with a view to improve safeguarding and service delivery.

The independent Regulation 44 visitor's role is to critically examine and scrutinise:

The way that the children’s home is carried on or managed.

The quality of care that the children’s home provides for children accommodated there.

It is a requirement that someone completely independent of the organisation and/or the day to day running of the home or any other home in the organisation is to undertake the task on behalf of the provider.

With this in mind we offer independent inspections to a wide range of provisions at very competitive rates, with highly experienced inspectors with a wealth of knowledge.

We offer a professional, effective and reliable service.

We will provide totally impartial and independent inspectors from a range of social care backgrounds who will provide your inspection and additional support for your provision. We are not there to criticise or pick fault, we are there to support you and your team, offering advice & awareness & most of all to ensure the best care for all our children looked after.

We focus on the quality of care and the ability to meet the needs of the young people you look after. The inspection visit will look at how home operates on a day to day basis as well as how needs are identified and met, all of which will be measured against the quality standards for children's homes and children’s home regulations. Any areas of development will be discussed with manager & staff where appropriate to do so and reported together with recommendations for improvement. Good practice should always be, encouraged,acknowledged and shared.

We can provide an unannounced home visit. Staff, children and young people will be spoken to and a visual inspection of the building and surrounding environment carried out. A detailed report will be produced using Reg 44 inspection format.

All positive, concerns & matters raised by young people & staff will be included in the report where appropriate with recommendations and advice offered. We will take responsibility to circulate Regulation 44 reports to homes manager, responsible individual, and commissioners for your children looked after and Ofsted.

Summary of a Regulation 44 Inspection:

1. Review of Last inspection & any Actions

2. Quality of care

Young person’s interview

Staff interview

Parents and relatives views and evidence of view on the home.

Social workers IRO other professionals views on the home.

Physical condition of the home.


3. Safeguarding

Actions and consequences

Missing from Home - Absences

Risk management plans

Accidents and injuries

Behaviour Management Plans.

Privacy and confidentiality

Anti- Bullying

Reg 40 notification of events

Visitors to the home

Recruitment & selection

4. Outcomes for young people

Emotional well-being

Medication and medical treatment


Young Peoples Meetings

5. Leadership & Management

Supervisions, Appraisals, management checks

Staff meetings


Drills, tests and equipment

Homes daily logs and diary event

Risk Assessments

Installation & health and safety checks

6. Equality & Diversity

Young Person Plan

Living Area

7. Evaluation

Feedback to the Homes Manager & Responsible


Legislation & Guidance

Quality standards for children’s homes

The following standards (the quality standards) are prescribed for the purposes of section 22(1A) of the Care Standards Act 2000 in relation to children's homes:

the quality and purpose of care standard (see regulation 6);

the children's views, wishes and feelings standard (see regulation 7);

the education standard (see regulation 8);

the enjoyment and achievement standard (see regulation 9);

the health and well-being standard (see regulation 10 );

the positive relationships standard (see regulation 11);

the protection of children standard (see regulation 12);

the leadership and management standard (see regulation 13);

the care planning standard (see regulation 14).