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New Border Target Operating Model - introduced from January 2024

Cameron Stubbs
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In August 2023 the Secretary of State for Cabinet Office presented to Parliament a new Border Target Operating Model (BTOM). The BTOM applies to all imports into Great Britain, including imports from the EU. The purpose of the BTOM is to balance the need...

Ofsted Annual Report - key findings for early years

Chloe Parish
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Ofsted carried out over 12,000 inspections this year and found that 85% were good or outstanding, with childminders more likely to receive a good or outstanding grade. Whilst these are positive statistics, the report highlights key challenges faced by the...

Ofsted to implement changes to its post-inspection and complaints process

Chloe Parish
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Ofsted have announced that, following a three-month consultation, it will be making changes to the post-inspection and complaints-handling process to ensure that concerns about inspections are dealt with quickly and robustly. This move follows widespread...

Supported accommodation: Ofsted's inspection and enforcement powers

Chloe Parish
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Last week I provided guidance to those wanting to understand more about the requirements for registration for supported accommodation for a looked after child or a care leaver aged 16 or 17, particularly in light of this becoming mandatory on 28...

Does my supported accommodation service need to be registered with Ofsted?

Chloe Parish
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Historically, supported accommodation (sometimes referred to as independent or semi-independent provisions or unregulated provisions) for a looked after child or a care leaver aged 16 or 17 had no independent oversight. In December 2021, Ofsted agreed to...

CQC's State of Care report 2022/23

Laura Hannah
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The contents of CQC’s State of Care report 2022/2023 is unlikely to come as a shock to adult social care providers as there have been many significant ongoing challenges for providers in the past few years. The cost of living crisis has placed...

What are my options if I receive a clandestine entrant civil penalty?

Cameron Stubbs
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A clandestine entrant is a person who enters the UK concealed in a vehicle in order to evade border controls. Operators of commercial vehicles entering the UK are required to implement effective systems to prevent clandestine entrants stowing away in their...

How to apply for restoration to the NMC

Adam Smith
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If you have been removed or struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), you may wish to apply for restoration. The NMC will assess your fitness to practice before restoring you to the register, in line with Article 33 of the Nursing and Midwifery...

Significant increase in CQC prosecutions and fines

Laura Hannah
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Since the CQC’s enforcement policy was published in 2015, it is clear to see that the CQC’s use of their criminal enforcement powers has been on the rise, particularly since the Covid-19 pandemic. The CQC has the power to prosecute...

Dormant providers - what to do when CQC cancels registration

Laura Hannah
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The CQC has the power to cancel a service provider’s CQC registration pursuant to Section 17(1)(e) of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and Regulation 6(1)(c) of the Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009 if: “a registered...

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