Tips to be Ofsted ready

Following on from last month’s blog, I will now provide 3 tips on what Ofsted will be looking for when they evaluate ‘how well children and young people are helped and protected’.  This is of course a limiting judgement, so if inspectors judge this area to be inadequate, then the ‘overall experiences and progress’ judgement will always be inadequate.

In line with the SCCIF, one of the areas of evidence that Ofsted will be looking at is ‘how well risks are identified, understood and managed and whether the support and care provided help children and young people to become increasingly safe’.


Do the young people living at the home have comprehensive behaviour management plans? A behaviour should only be a surprise once and a comprehensive behaviour management plan should clearly identify what the risk is, the likelihood of it occurring, the measures that need to be taken to reduce it, and what steps are needed to support the young person during/after the behaviour.

Following any serious incident, the home should look to update that young person’s behaviour management plan. Even if it is a known behaviour, having factual information about the frequency it is occurring can provide valuable insight and help to inform practice. Importantly, a debrief with the young person should take place to further everyone’s understanding and to support the young person keep safe.

The registered person should consider if additional training is needed to help support the team manage the behaviour. Joint partnership working is key and thought should always be given to sourcing the help of a specialized professional and/or obtaining additional information which may be of help to the young person. Key working sessions are an effective way of demonstrating any direct work that is taking place and should be supportive in nature.

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