Children’s Homes Quality Standards – Essential legislation, guidance and Information – April 2015

You could be easily mistaken into thinking the Guide to the Children’s Home Regulations and Quality Standards 2015 is all you need to consider from a compliance point of view. This is not the case. The guide is only half the story. Not only do you have to embed the compliance requirements of the Regulations & Standards themselves, providers, managers and staff must consider a raft of legislation and guidance that Inspectors must and will take account of at Inspection.

Managers will need to ensure the essentials are taken into account in care planning, policies, practice, service development and quality monitoring. Alongside the nine Quality Standards (see below) there is essential statutory and non-statutory guidance that must inform your practice and care.

Nine Quality Standards

The Regulations set out standards (“the Quality Standards”) that must be met by homes. The Quality Standards describe outcomes that each child must be supported to achieve while living in the children’s home. Each contains an over-arching, aspirational, child-focused outcome statement, followed by a non-exhaustive set of underpinning, measurable requirements that homes must achieve in meeting each standard.

The Quality Standards, which must be met by children’s homes:

  1. The quality and purpose of care standard (see regulation 6)
  2. The children’s views, wishes and feelings standard (see regulation 7)
  3. The education standard (see regulation 8)
  4. The enjoyment and achievement standard (see regulation 9)
  5. The health and well-being standard (see regulation10)
  6. The positive relationships standard (see regulation11)
  7. The protection of children standard (see regulation12)
  8. The leadership and management standard (see regulation13)
  9. The care planning standard (see regulation14)

Maggie Danesfahani

Social Care Consultant



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