Update from Ofsted: Registration window deadline

Update from Ofsted: Registration window deadline for providers of supported accommodation for children in care and care leavers aged 16 to 17

To operate legally, registration applications must have been accepted by Ofsted as ‘complete’ by 28 October 2023.  The rate of applications to register as providers of supported accommodation has been steadily increasing over the last few weeks – and we are encouraged by the number of applications that are now coming through. 

Several hundred providers have had their application accepted as ‘complete’ and we are currently reviewing several hundred other applications that have been submitted more recently.  We strongly encourage any providers to submit their applications as a matter of urgency to allow for any delays. We often have to go back to providers about missing or incomplete information. 

If providers have not submitted an application that has been accepted as ‘complete’ by 28 October, we will consider next steps on a case-by-case basis – we will always place the needs of children and young people first and we certainly don’t want children to have to move unnecessarily. However, it’s not within Ofsted’s gift to waive regulatory requirements. 


Find the full guidance here


If you have any questions about your application, please get in touch with the application team at [email protected]