england: what ofsted means by a serious incident

17th June, 2020 10:38 am

Guidance for social care providers on what is meant by a serious incident.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘serious’ as: ‘significant or worrying because of possible danger or risk; not slight or negligible’. The line between what is serious, and what is not, can be blurred and is always a matter of judgement. It depends on many factors, including age of the child, frequency of the incident, injuries sustained, any additional needs the child has, the context of the home and so on. In some instances, the cumulative effect of frequent incidents may make a notification appropriate even if in isolation each event would not warrant this.

Notifying Ofsted of a serious event

The intention of Regulation 40 in the Children’s Homes (England) Regulations 2015 is to focus providers on only sharing information with Ofsted, as the regulator, about the most serious incidents. Click here to read more…

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