Profit-making children’s homes offer ‘inferior service’, academics suggest

Profit-making children’s homes are offering “poorer quality” care and support for young people compared with those run by councils and charities, analysis of Ofsted reports finds. The findings of a study, by the University of Oxford’s department for social policy and intervention, are based on analysis of more than 13,000 Ofsted inspections of homes between 2014 and 2021. This finds that for-profit providers are less likely to receive an “outstanding” rating and more likely to be graded as “requires improvement” or “inadequate” by inspectors, compared with local authority and third sector run homes. Read more.


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