Powers, principles and making decisions
The legal basis for our investigatory and enforcement work for childminding and childcare is the Childcare Act 2006, and its associated regulations.
The legal basis for our investigatory and enforcement work for children’s social care services is the Care Standards Act 2000 and its associated regulations as transferred by section 148 of the Education and Inspection Act 2006.
Powers and principles
The law gives us a range of powers that we can take in order to enforce compliance or reduce the risk of harm to children. Investigating and enforcing compliance: our powers and principles provides an overview of these powers and examines the principles that guide us in using them.
Thresholds: childminding, childcare and children’s social care
Information about the thresholds which help inform our enforcement decisions in any given circumstance is in Thresholds: childminding, childcare and children’s social care. Throughout our work we aim to ensure the welfare of children when applying our escalating tariff of enforcement action.
Ofsted requires that enforcement action decisions are made by sufficiently experienced members of staff. The required level or grade for making a decision varies in accordance with the seriousness of the action we propose to take.