Camp Provider Inspections
OFSTED is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills
in England. They are the Government regulator for the care of children and young
people and report directly to Parliament. A similar set up in Wales called CSIW
and CC in Scotland perform the same function.
The purpose of these organisations is to promote service improvement, ensure
services focus on the interests of their end users and see that services are
efficient, effective and represent value for money. It's not just about safety and all systems seem to go into an impressive level of detail.
They carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits and most publish
their findings within the reports areas of their respective websites.
If you are considering a camp or summer school in the UK and they are registered
with OFSTED or their relevant authority you can usually view their report by
typing in the providers and / or venue name in the search boxes provided on
- OFSTED (England) - Click here then enter the camp providers name in the
box on the left hand side of the page, if possible include the venue name. Eg “Kings Camps University of Leeds”
- CSIW (Wales) - Click here then enter the camp providers name in the
box on the left hand side of the page, if possible include the venues type or postcode then click search. Your results will appear below the search box.
What to look for in the reports
The Quality and standards of care
The report will broadly grade standards
and state whether the facility meets regulatory standards.
The Venue / Setting
The report should re-confirm the location for which the assessment is based, what
facilities are in place and who it serves. It may also expand on the activities
that take place and the staff that run the programme.
The effectiveness of care provided
The report should state the aims of the operation and then detail how
these aims are met. It will also broadly grade on to what extent the aims are
The report will broadly grade the level of organisation
and management and should go into detail on how this impacts on the facilities
aims. It will also outline how this impacts on the children and what if any
extra steps the provider has made to improve and maintain these standards.
The report will give an overall view on whether childrens needs are met and detail
any improvements made since the last inspection and if any further improvements