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Children: Care Homes

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children’s homes were assessed as inadequate by Ofsted in each of the last 10 years. (257658)

This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 20 February 2009:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, for reply.

Ofsted assumed responsibility for the regulation and inspection of children’s homes on 1 April 2007. This had previously been the responsibility of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) and data up to April 2007 are available from CSCI Annual Reports, accessible from their website http://www.csci.org.uk/. Please note that from April 2004 until April 2006, CSCI inspection reports of children’s homes commented on the extent to which they met the National Minimum Standards and did not judge provision as ‘inadequate’. In April 2006, CSCI introduced outcome judgements into its inspection reports, and used a four point grading scale of ‘excellent’, ‘good’, ‘adequate’ or ‘poor’.

For the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008, Ofsted inspected 1,801 children’s homes, of which 139 (8%) were judged inadequate overall. For the period 1 April 2008 to 31 December 2008, Ofsted inspected 1,682 children’s homes, of which 135 (8%) were judged inadequate overall. These figures were taken from data available at 31 March 2008 and 31 December 2008. They only include children's homes which were active at those points and are based on the overall outcome from their most recently completed Ofsted inspection.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Rt Hon Beverley Hughes MP, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.