Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

Highest number of children’s homes registered could be in response to COVID

The highest number of children’s homes were registered by Ofsted between April and August, potentially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ofsted registered 176 new children’s homes between 1 April and 31 August, the highest number recorded in that period. This follows a continued increase in registrations year on year since at least 2015 and a small number of these registrations were fast-tracked where provision was urgently needed.

Of the 176 new homes, 155 were run by private companies, 13 were run by local authorities and eight were run by voluntary organisations.

Twenty three of the 176 new children’s homes were registered on the site of a previously closed children’s home and are classed as re-registrations. Of these 23 re-registrations, 11 occurred within a year of the previous registration closing. The other 12 had been closed for longer than a year, with five being closed for over five years. It is possible that local authorities and other providers have reopened old settings to cope with the additional demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic or due to other increased demand.

London has had the fewest children’s homes for many years. However, between 1 April 2020 and 31 August 2020, 13 new homes opened, higher than in the same period for at least 10 years. This was an increase of 11%, the highest percentage increase of any region. One of these homes was only opened temporarily to cover the additional demand due to COVID-19.

The North West had the highest number of children’s homes at both 31 March and 31 August 2020. The number of homes rose from 590 to 633, a 7% increase.

London had the fewest homes at 31 March (122), but saw the largest percentage increase in the number of homes. There were 13 new homes, and no de-registrations, in the region between 1 April and 31 August. This caused an 11% rise in the number of homes.

Ofsted conducted 255 monitoring visits to 171 children’s homes of all types between 1 April 2020 and 31 August 2020, representing 7% of all homes open as at 31 August 2020. Of these 171 homes, 12 had resigned and 11 were suspended on 31 August 2020.

All full inspections of social care providers were suspended in March 2020. As monitoring visits of children’s homes do not lead to inspection judgements, the overall effectiveness grades have not changed since the publication of Children’s social care data in England 2020. At both dates, 80% of children’s homes were judged good or outstanding.

Secure children’s homes have the lowest proportion of good or outstanding homes (69%) and the highest proportion of homes judged requires improvement to be good (31%).

Main findings: local authority and children’s homes in England inspections and outcomes autumn 2020

Make an enquiry

A multi-disciplinary organisation providing independent, high quality social work and psychological services. Contact us with your requirements and speak to a member of our team who will help you today.
Make an Enquiry

Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

COVID impacts negatively on wellbeing of children’s social workers


COVID-19 has had a significant negative impact on the wellbeing of children and families social workers, according to a longitudinal study by the Department for Education.

Wave 3 of the study, conducted between September and December 2020, found feelings of stress and having too high a workload have increased since Wave 1 and Wave 2 [...]

Read Full Story

Education and Children’s Services complaints dominate Ombudsman’s casework


The highest number of complaints received by the Local Government Ombudsman in the last year were about education and children’s services, the annual report has revealed.

Furthermore, the uphold rate increased across all categories of complaint, except Environmental Services, and the highest proportion of complaints upheld were about Education and Children’s Services (77%).

“We published 40 [...]

Read Full Story

Barnardo’s chief executive steps down


The chief executive of Barnardo’s Javed Khan has stepped down from his role after seven years at the helm of the children’s charity.

Javed Khan has said that since he started the role in May 2014, he has been “mesmerised by the brilliance” of Barnardo’s, but, after reflecting on what is best for him and [...]

Read Full Story
Children First is an online resource for professionals working with children presented by WillisPalmer, providing you with the latest news, features and interviews.
Subscribe Today
Delivering a diverse, reliable range of services to children and their families across the UK
D1, Parkside, Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 3ZL
Contact Us

A Mackman Group collaboration - market research by Mackman Research | website design by Mackman

closechevron-downbars linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram