Unregistered Children’s Home Investigator Job in Remote at Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills –


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£32,804 – £36,332

per annum (National – London). Rising to £33,132 per annum (National) / £36,332 per annum (London) on successful completion of probation.

Job grade

Higher Executive Officer


Contract type


Fixed Term

Length of employment

18 months

Business area

Regulation and Social Care Directorate

Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support




Working pattern


Number of jobs available




About the job


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Remote working (anywhere in the UK)

About the job

Job summary

This role sits in the Regulation and Social Care policy team, which investigates providers who are operating unregistered children’s homes across England.

Providing care and accommodation for a child or children without registration is an offence. This includes when the provider is a local authority. The team works closely with the legal team and managers and social care inspectors nationally to tackle the issue.

As an Unregistered Children’s Homes Investigator (UCHI), you will report to the Lead Professional (LP) – Unregistered Children’s Homes, working with a small team of social care inspectors, legal and policy staff to help identify, investigate, and prosecute providers operating unregistered children’s homes. As a UCHI, you will play a leading role in the investigation of providers who are suspected of operating unregistered children’s homes, securing evidence, and preparing cases for prosecution.

The post holder will be an experienced criminal investigator with a wide range of investigatory skills. The Regulation and Social Care policy team is looking to expand on and strengthen its investigatory methods, and the UCHI will play a leading role in developing a new strategy for this. We are looking for candidates who can use their knowledge and experience as investigators to bring new ideas and insights to the team’s work. They will need to be flexible, confident and show initiative from the beginning. They will be skilled in the use of IT packages, systems and/or databases to fulfil role requirements. They will also need to be able to quickly familiarise themselves with the legislation that underpins the work involved in investigating unregistered children’s homes.

This is a mobile worker, with the post holder working at a variety of locations across the country as required. The post holder will have no fixed workplace, your precise working arrangements will be will be discussed and agreed with your line manager.

The role will require regular national travel and overnight stays around the country, the cost of travel and overnight stays will be covered by Ofsted. The post holder will also be required to travel to one of the four Ofsted offices (Bristol, London, Manchester and Nottingham), approximately four times a year to attend team days. The cost of this travel will be at the post holder own expense.

Job description

The key responsibilities of the role are outlined below. However, this is an overview of the role and is not exhaustive. Ofsted reserves the right to assign other duties commensurate with the B2 grade as required.

Working with the lead professional, our legal team and Inspectors, to use knowledge and experience as an investigator to strengthen and expand the team’s investigatory practice, including introducing new investigatory methods.

Liaise and work with the lead professional, legal team and social care inspectors to establish and use appropriate methods for gathering material and develop procedures to turn material into intelligence or evidence as part of the investigation into unregistered schools.

Collect and gather material, intelligence and evidence from a range of sources that are appropriate to the investigation, record and retain evidence in a format that is evidentially admissible to support the investigative process. Ensuring compliance with Data Protection Regulations at all times.

Carry out analysis, assess evidence, and evaluate material to identify unregistered children’s homes. Escalate any concerns in a timely manner to keep children safe.

Ensure all material, including exhibits generated by the investigation, are examined and retained in accordance with legislation and policy.

Act as Disclosure Officer, review, examine and assess all material within an investigation including making decisions on the relevancy of such material and scheduling it; accordingly, dealing with all aspects of disclosure through to the trial process, ensuring compliance with the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 and other relevant legislation and guidance.

Assess all aspects of the unused material in the investigation including justification for sensitivity classifications attributed to the material, ensuring suitable handling and classification of all sensitive material is made and complied with.

Liaise with the legal team in cases where the defence require access to review disclosure material, making suitable arrangements to facilitate this as required in order to progress the case through the judicial system.

Conduct initial external investigations to addresses suspected of being unregistered children’s home to confirm or secure evidence. Accompany social care inspectors on inspections to act as exhibit officer, ensuring all exhibits are examined and retained in accordance with legislation and policy.

To take witness statements and conduct interviews of those suspected of operating unregistered children’s homes in accordance to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

Assist specialist inspectors to draft authorisation applications for directed surveillance in accordance to Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) and Ofsted policy. To conduct surveillance operations as and when required.

Work with legal team to prepare prosecution case files for the CPS and act as a point of contact for the case with the CPS complex case unit.

Person specification

Please refer to the job specification for further information.


Completion of investigator training/qualification.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Seeing the Big Picture

Making Effective Decisions

Communicating and Influencing

Working Together

Managing a Quality Service

Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

Track record of being an experienced criminal investigator, with the ability to collate & evaluate intelligence and information from various sources.

Experience of recording & retaining evidence in a format that is evidentially admissible to support the investigative process.

Conducting interviews and taking statements in accordance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.


Ofsted is committed to maintaining employee health and wellbeing, whether it is physically, emotionally, financially or socially, and offers a range of benefits to support employees in this. Such benefits include the option to join the Civil Service Pension Scheme, professional and personal development opportunities, 32.5 annual leave days per annum (plus eight days public holiday) and counselling and advisory services for you and your family.

Any move to Ofsted from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility here.

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Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

The selection panel will assess your application based on your evidence you have provided against the essential criteria as set out in the person specification.

At the interview stage, you will be assessed on the listed behaviours and experience as set out in the person specification.

Candidates will be required to undertake an assessment. Further details will be provided to candidates in advance or on the day of the interviews.

Assessment and Interviews are likely to be held during the week commencing Monday 2 January 2023, at Clive House, London or a Microsoft Teams video call.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
UK nationals

nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

nationals of the Republic of Ireland

nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service

relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service

certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :Name :
Ferzana Malik

Email :
[email protected]

Recruitment team :Email :
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