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3.3.3 Guidance for Regulation 44 Visits

RELEVANT GUIDANCE

Guidance on Part 6 of the Regulations – Monitoring and Reviewing Children’s Homes

AMENDMENT

This chapter was refreshed and updated in October 2015 in line with The Children’s Homes: Quality Standards (2015). A link was added to Part 6 of the Regulations – Monitoring and Reviewing Children’s Homes.


An unannounced Regulation 44 visit will take place each month, organised by administration staff at Turnpike House. Members and Officers will attend.

Action Person Responsible Timescale
1. The identity of those carrying out the visit should be checked and they should be asked to sign the visitor’s book. Staff on duty On arrival
2. A central file of previous visits should be kept at the home. The last 6 visits should be made available to those carrying out the visit. Registered Manager Ongoing
3. All new staff will be instructed on the purpose of the Regulation 44 visit and what the expectation of them will be. Registered / Deputy Manager Staff induction
4. The officer or member will have a set form to complete. Staff will need to ensure that all the relevant books are made available to them. Staff on duty Time of visit
5. Officers / Members will need to see the visitors book, log book, sanctions book, fire book and accidents record. They will also want to see the menus. Staff on duty Time of visit
6. Officers / members they will need to talk to staff and young people and will want to know about education, health, rights and participation service and other support systems, they will also check. admissions and discharge book, log book, sanctions book, restraint & holding book, complaints book, accident record, fire book, menus, visitors book, handover sheets. Staff on duty Time of visit
7. Officers and members may wish to discuss certain issues with the staff on duty. Officers/Members staff on duty Time of visit
8. Staff should explain to the young people in the home what the visit is about and offer private space for young people to meet those carrying out the Regulation 44 visit if they so wish. Staff on duty Time of visit
9. Staff are allowed to speak confidentially to those carrying out the Regulation 44 visit in order to raise any concerns. Agreement should be reached on how the information will be used. Staff on duty Time of visit
10. Those carrying out Regulation 44 visits will need to see the building. They should not see bedrooms unless young people have given their permission for this. They should be given access to all other parts of the home. Staff on duty Time of visit
11. Staff on duty remain in charge of the shift at the home. Regulation 44 visit officers and members must remain sensitive to issues being dealt with in the home and staff should direct when necessary. Staff on duty Time of visit
12. Following the Regulation 44 visit officers and members will complete a form and forward it to Turnpike House. Member/Officer Before the end of the month for that visit
13. The Service Manager will contact the Registered Manager regarding any issues raised during the visit, a copy of the report will have already been sent to the home. Service Manager Following receipt of response
14. Registered Manager must respond stating what, if any, action has been taken. Registered Manager Straight Away

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