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Official statistics: Children's social care providers and places
06 Nov 2014Ofsted
This is a consultation on Ofsted’s proposals for revisions to the publication of statistics relating to social care inspections and the number of social care providers and places. Responses by 8 December 2014.
Ofsted has a database of children’s social care providers and residential accommodation for children in boarding schools and further education colleges in England, including the maximum number of places a provider may offer at any one time. This includes providers which Ofsted inspects and/or regulates.
The provider types include, children’s homes, residential special schools registered as children’s homes, secure children’s homes, boarding schools, residential special schools, further education colleges with residential accommodation, independent fostering agencies, voluntary adoption agencies, adoption support agencies and residential family centres.
This page has statistics on these providers in England and the maximum number of places they have. Each release comprises key findings, tables and charts in Word and pdf format and charts and tables in Excel format and the underlying data in Excel and comma separated values (.csv) format.
For the November 2013 release we are making a change to the methodology used.
We are removing local authority adoption agencies and local authority fostering services from the data.
We are making this change now because each of the 152 local authorities, by law, has one adoption agency and one fostering service. If this situation changes in the future, we will alter our methodology accordingly and inform stakeholders. In addition, these agencies and services are also no longer inspected and reported on separately by Ofsted, but are instead inspected as part of the Single Inspection Framework, which begins in November 2013. This means they will also no longer be reported on in the social care inspection outcome statistical first release Ofsted produces every six months.
Also contained on this page are data provided in response to a children’s social care providers and places data request made by a member of the public. These figures are not official statistics; they are data from a data request published in the interests of transparency.