What is an Independent Monitoring Visit?
An Independent Monitoring Visit takes place once a month inside Residential Children's Homes. An independent inspector comes to visit the home to check if it is a safe place for children and young people to live. This person does not work for the government, police or social services.
This visit is in line with Regulation 44 in the The Children's Homes (England) Regulations 2015. When the inspector visits, they want to make sure that where you live is safe, and provides a healthy, happy environment for you to thrive in.
They will also make sure that your wishes and feelings are being listened to and that there are meetings happening within the home for you to have your say.
Will the Inspectors Speak to Me?
During these visits the independent person will talk to lots of young people and staff members within your home.
They will write down everything they have heard and use this to write a report. This report will then be sent to Ofsted and senior managers of the home.
The independent visitors are there to help and support you. You won’t get into trouble for speaking with them and you can tell them what you like and dislike about your home.
Got More Questions?
If you have more questions about independent monitoring visits and how they might affect you, just get in touch.
Any organisation that supports you has a responsibility to ensure that they have arrangements, guidance and procedures in place to make sure you’re safe. Your wellbeing and welfare are very important and should be protected at all times.
Support for Young People
Discover the range of support options NYAS offers for children and young people. Explore our advocacy services and learn how they can benefit you. You can also read about your rights, and what you’re entitled to during your time in and after care.