The government has launched a major consultation exercise on
draft regulations and national minimum standards for children’s
homes, care homes for younger adults, and adult placements.
The regulations and standards will be used by the National Care
Standards Commission when it takes over responsibility for
registration and inspection in April 2002.
Described as minimum standards rather than best possible
practice, the final versions will apply to a broad range of
institutions including private, voluntary and council children’s
There are 37 standards for children’s homes, while the standards
for care homes for younger adults, and those for adult placements,
comprise 41 and 30 standards respectively.
Core requirements will apply to all care homes providing
accommodation and nursing or personal care for adults aged between
18 and 65 who have: physical, sensory or learning difficulties;
autistic spectrum disorders; mental health problems; alcohol or
substance misuse problem; HIV/Aids; and dual or complex multiple
disabilities, including those who are deafblind.
– Department of Health: Children’s Homes National Minimum
Standards and Children’s Homes Regulations (Consultation Document)
and Care Homes for Younger Adults and Adult Placements
National Minimum Standards and Care Homes Regulations (Consultation
Document) are both available from