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Harassment normalised among children, warns Ofsted

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Today, Ofsted have published a report summarising their findings and recommendations as a result of their review into safeguarding policies and practices relating to sexual abuse in state and independent schools and colleges. The review was prompted...

5 top tips for preparing for the return of Ofsted inspections

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Ofsted have announced the return of graded inspection for some registered early years providers from 4th May. It’s important that providers and settings are fully prepared for the return of inspections. After a year of upheaval due to the COVID-19...

Department for Education announces ban on placing children under 16 in unregulated accommodation

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As a part of the government’s response to the consultation into ‘Reforms to unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers’, the Department for Education (DfE) have announced plans to ban placing vulnerable children under the...

Ofsted reports COVID-19 isolation is having a detrimental impact on children's education and welfare

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On 17th March 2020, Ofsted suspended all routine inspections in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a part of their phased return to routine inspections, Ofsted have been carrying out ‘assurance visits’ to children’s social care...

Official statistics reveal reports of COVID cases in early years settings almost double in a week

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Unlike schools, early years settings have remained open during the current lockdown. Reports of COVID cases to Ofsted increased from 1,267 for the week commencing 4th January to 2,357 in the week commencing 11th January. Reports of cases decreased slightly...

General Pharmaceutical Council failing to meet four of the Standards of Good Regulation for Fitness to Practise

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The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for Health and Social Care oversees the ten statutory bodies that regulate health professionals in the United Kingdom and social workers in England. The PSA are an independent body who are accountable to...

68% of people consider the Ofsted rating of a school to be very important when choosing where to place their child

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In a recent poll, 68%* of individuals indicated that the Ofsted rating of a school is ‘very important’ when choosing where to place their child. 29% indicated it was ‘quite’ important and 7% indicated that it was...

Ofsted release helpful guidance on the differences between unregistered and unregulated provisions in social care

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There has been a noticed increase in Ofsted’s focus on provisions that are operating without registration in the social care sector for children. However, the situation is not always clear cut as to whether an organisation is required to be...

Recent changes to the regulation of online pharmacies

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The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has recently issued updated guidance for those providing pharmacy services at a distance, including on the internet. The guidance was issued shortly after the GPhC wrote an open letter to the chief executive of the...

Ofsted successful in appealing High Court decision which ruled their complaints procedure was unfair

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The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Ofsted, allowing their appeal against a decision of the High Court in 2017, which ruled their complaints procedure was unfair for those schools judged to require special measures or have serious weaknesses. The Court...

First ever convictions for operating an unregistered school

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Two individuals operating the Al-Istiqamah Learning Centre in Southall have been convicted of operating an unlicensed school at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, which is the first conviction of this kind. The court heard that investigations found...

Over 50% of teachers do not consider Ofsted to act as a reliable and trusted arbiter of standards across schools in England

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Ofsted have released the 2018 report, outlining their findings from the annual teacher attitude survey. Despite improvements in the perceptions of teachers in relation to Ofsted, the results still show a lack of confidence amongst the profession in...

Eight of England's health and social care regulators sign 'emerging concerns protocol' to help share concerns with each other more effectively

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A joint statement issued on 26th July 2018 announced the signing of a protocol between eight health and social care regulators. The protocol sets out that it is intended to help ensure regulators are transparent with the public, providers and professionals...

General Dental Council meets 23 out of 24 standards

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The Professional Standards Authority (‘PSA’) for Health and Social Care oversees the nine statutory bodies that regulate health professionals in the United Kingdom and social care in England. The PSA are an independent body who are...

HCPC fail to meet six out of ten fitness to practise standards

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The Professional Standards Authority (‘PSA’) for Health and Social Care oversees the nine statutory bodies that regulate health professionals in the United Kingdom and social care in England. The PSA are an independent body who are accountable...

Healthwatch releases report of findings following two year analysis of home care services in England

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Healthwatch is an independent organisation who obtain information about health and care services at local levels, which they can then share with the government and services on a national level by spotting trends and patterns, to inform change and help make...