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Call for evidence on regulation of children's home workforce

The DfE calls for evidence on introducing professional registration for staff in children's homes

Published on 11th June 2019

The Department for Education has made a call for evidence about whether the children's home workforce should be regulated.

The DfE is seeking views on the potential introduction of professional registration requirements for people who work in children’s homes and existing approaches to regulating the children’s homes workforce.

The call for evidence is in response to a recommendation in the interim report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, published in April 2018, which stated that the government should introduce professional registration requirements for those working in care roles in children’s homes.

The recommendations were that:

• The Department for Education should introduce arrangements for the registration of staff working in care roles in children’s homes;

• Registration should be with an independent body charged with setting and maintaining standards of training, conduct, and continuing professional development, and with the power to enforce these through fitness to practise procedures; and

• Recognising that registration may require a period of phasing in, priority should be given to professional registration of children’s home managers.

Currently, children’s homes must have a manager in place, who is registered with Ofsted and has had their fitness to practice assessed. All staff must have enhanced DBS checks before they can work in a children’s home, and homes must have policies and procedures in place to protect children, which includes appropriate recruitment practice. Ofsted assesses this on inspection and can take enforcement action where necessary, including removing homes and managers from the register.

However, the DfE acknowledges that it must not be complacent and therefore welcomes views from the sector on the robustness of the existing regime to protect children in children’s homes, particularly where this concerns the workforce.

Launch date 6 June 2019

Respond by 27 August 2019

Visit the DfE website to view the consultation.

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