Staying Close Learning Events, Good results for Short Break Homes and more..

Staying Close Learning Events

One of the conclusions reached by The Independent Care Review: First Report- A Case for Change, is that the care system is failing to build lifelong links around children. In particular, it recognises that children in residential care currently do not have a legal entitlement to Staying Put and can be forced out of their children’s homes too early to live semi-independently before 18. Ofsted, in their analysis of young people’s feedback this year, found that there was a recurring theme of children wishing they could stay where they were for longer. Get involved in a DfE learning event near you, where you will hear about new approaches to ensuring young people leaving residential care have a place they can call home and continue to receive support. Register to attend here and read the recent research by No Place Like Home by Barnardo’s and Ikea.

Short Break Homes

A new analysis by Ofsted shows that more short-break-only homes were rated good and outstanding than other children’s homes. Notably, 27% of short break homes receive an outstanding rating compared to 15% of children’s homes.  Read the full report here

Changes to Inspection Frequency

The Department for Education recently concluded their consultation on the frequency of inspections. The results are due to be finalised shortly but if implemented, it will mean that from October 2021, homes that are rated good or outstanding in an inspection year (e.g., April 2021-March 2022) will not be due another inspection until the next inspection year. April 2022-March 2023). This could in theory mean a home inspected in November 2021 may not be inspected again until February 2023. For some, this is a positive step that enables homes to focus fully on care and rely more on their own management monitoring and quality assurance systems. However, others have raised concerns about the potential difficulty in building relationships with inspectors and the risk that standards in good homes may slip with less oversight. In addition to these proposals, the Department for Education intend to increase regulatory fees by 10% each year. This will mean the approximately 80% of homes rated good or outstanding, will pay 10% more each year for a reduced service.

Criminal Exploitation of Children

Leicestershire police have made a really useful short video about the criminal exploitation of young people. This is worth sharing in leadership and staff meetings.  Leicestershire Police: Are You listening? – YouTube

Forthcoming Training

Registered Manager Training- 1 day:  This one day face-to face training is back! This has been an essential training for aspiring, new and existing Registered Managers to understand their regulatory responsibilities, how to practically fulfil these and  to how demonstrate effectiveness at inspection.

November 16th  2021  10am – 4pm

Venue: London Victoria. 

Responsible Individual Training

We have adapted our popular face to face Responsible Individual Training to a virtual training session with the same trainer. This training provides an understanding of the legal requirements related to the Responsible Individual role and effective ways of putting these into practice.

Sept 23rd, 2021, 10- 13.30

CHQ Registered Managers Network

The Registered Managers role in children’s homes is critical to children receiving high quality care, and in the home achieving good inspection outcomes. This is a professional role that is broad, demanding and rewarding. The recent Ofsted Commentary (February 2020) stated that in successful homes, Registered Managers value their personal development and access to support is an important theme. These quarterly sessions are designed to Inform, Discuss, Learn, Share and Nourish. 

Next Session: 21st October 2021, 10-12.30

Quality Standards in Practice

The Children’s Homes Quality Standards was incorporated into legislation in 2015 and radically changed the way care is provided and measured. All managers and staff working in children’s homes are required to have a good understanding of this and ensure that whatever their role, they contribute to children receiving high quality care.

September 17th, 2021, 10-12.30

Reviewing the Quality of Care: Regulation 45

Regulation 45 reports are a vital part of homes monitoring. It is designed to enable homes to evaluate the quality of care and contribute to continuous improvements.  CHQ are holding a virtual workshop to help managers take an in depth look at the regulatory expectations around this requirement. This will include exploring practical approaches to completing meaningful and impactful Reg 45 reports.

Sept 22nd 2021, 10-12.30

Lovin Care

While the politicians and government officials are rearranging the sector, managers and staff are resolutely focused on making a difference to the children in their care. The ‘early plans’ of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care’s identified ‘love’ as ‘perhaps the most important foundation’ of a good childhood (IRCSC, March 2021). This has prompted many children’s homes to really consider how to create environments where love between staff and children can safely flourish. We explore how to create this and how the regulatory framework can be used to support and evidence Lovin Care.

We felt that attending the Lovin’ Care training would give us a different way of thinking but also help us adapt our approach. It had been felt amongst us that Residential Child Care has become very institutionalised and we wanted this to change. The training delivered by CHQ was perfect and we all felt enthused to work with you more. Since spending time with CHQ over recent months, although still in its infancy, it’s been reassuring that with your approach, we are working towards changing how we think and making the home a space that our children feel loved and secure in.” Matt Langley, Registered Manager.

“I wanted the adults and myself to attend Lovin Care training because of it’s views on making a change to how ‘residential children’s homes’ are perceived.  The training was by far the best training I have attended and it was refreshing to meet others with an enthusiasm for change. Lovin Care has given us even more drive and ambition to ensure that the children we care for feel like we are their home and feel unconditionally loved. Furthermore it has given us the confidence to challenge those around us and to proactively change institutionalised perceptions” Michelle Wright ,Responsible Individual


October 7th 2021, 10- 1pm 

Reflective Supervision for Children’s Homes Training

This session will focus on how to get the most out of the supervision sessions you deliver, and how to use them to develop staff and deepen their practice. It builds on what you already know and makes your supervision practice more reflective and productive.  For those who have already attended – look out for your exclusive invitation to The Reflective Supervision Masterclass .

November 2nd 2021, 10 -13.00

See our Training Page for details of more training.

Tailored training for homes and organisations is also available. Please email

All our courses are informed by discussions with those commissioning the training to ensure it is tailored to meet organisational need. We also create bespoke training to meet emerging and current needs. All courses are certificated.

Regulation 44 is a critical part of management monitoring. The reports have become increasingly significant to managers, Ofsted and placing authorities to help them form a view on a home’s ability to safeguard and promote children’s welfare. We conduct robust visits and write comprehensive reports that showcase the homes achievements and provide clear analysis and recommendations on areas for improvement. For more information contact