Who is accountable for meeting the Regulations and Requirements of the Children’s Homes Regulations & children’s homes quality standards?
Most of the Children’s Homes Regulations are drafted to make the “registered person” accountable – this means the registered provider or registered manager depending on how the home is organised, run and managed. The language of the Guide follows this approach.
Registered Provider: A person who is registered under Part 2 of the 2000 Act as the person carrying on the children’s home.
- The registered provider can be an individual, a partnership or an organisation.
- If they are an organisation, they must appoint a responsible individual and registered manager.
- If they are a partnership, they must appoint a registered manager.
- Responsible Individual (RI) If the registered provider is an organisation, they must appoint a responsible individual (RI). The RI must be a director, manager, secretary or other officer of the organisation. The role of the RI is to supervise the management of the home.
- Registered Manager If the registered provider is an organisation or partnership, they must appoint a registered manager. If the registered provider is an individual, they may manage the home if they meet the requirements in Part 3 of the regulations. The role of the Registered Manager is to be in full-time day to day charge of the home. The registered manager is normally different from the RI (where one is appointed) because one manages the home and the other supervises the management.
- Registered Person Any person who is the registered provider or registered manager of a home. If a home has both a registered provider and a registered manager, anything required under the regulations to be done by the “registered person”, if done by one of the registered persons, is not required to be done by any of the other registered persons (regulation 32).