Care standards guidance

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The jurisdiction is part of the First-tier-Tribunal Health, Education and Social Care Chamber. The Chamber President is His Honour Judge Phillip Sycamore.  The Deputy Chamber President with responsibility for the Care Standards jurisdiction is Judge Meleri Tudur. Our judges and members are appointed by the Lord Chancellor. The jurisdiction covers England and Wales.

The jurisdiction is administered by HM Courts and Tribunals Service and the jurisdiction’s administration is undertaken by the Secretariat offices based in First Floor, Darlington Magistrates Court, Parkgate, Darlington.

The Chamber President and his senior judicial management team work closely with the Secretariat to manage the jurisdiction. It is important to note that the Tribunal operates completely independently of all Government Departments.

We consider appeals against the following:

Decisions of the Secretary of State for Education to:

  • Include an individuals’ name on the Protection of Children Act List;
  • Restrict or prohibit someone from teaching or otherwise working with children in schools or other education establishments;
  • Cancel the registration of an independent school;

Decisions of the Secretary of State for Health to:

  • Include an individuals’ name on the Protection of Vulnerable Adults List

Decisions of the Care Quality Commission and the Welsh Assembly Government in respect of:

  • Care homes
  • Residential Family Centres
  • Domiciliary Care Agencies
  • Nurses Agencies
  • Fostering Agencies and Voluntary Adoption Agencies
  • The registration of private and voluntary healthcare provision such as independent hospitals, clinics and medical agencies.
  • NHS providers in respect of regulations on healthcare associated infections
  • Doctor’s practices
  • Dentist’s practices

Decisions of the Chief Inspector for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) and the Welsh Assembly Government in respect of the:

  • Registration under the Early Years Childcare Register
  • Registration under the General Childcare Register
  • Disqualification and refusal to waive disqualification from registration as a child minder or day care provider;
  • Registration of Children’s homes; and:
  • A refusal to waive disqualification of a person from providing, managing or having a financial involvement in a children’s home or; being employed in a children’s home.

Decisions of the Care Council Wales in respect of:

  • The registration of social workers
  • The registration of social care workers
  • All appeals against a decision of the ISA will be considered by the Administrative Appeals Chamber of the Upper Tribunal using the appropriate appeal application form and guidance.[J1]


We also deal with applications from people with a Order issued by the Courts disqualifying them from working with children who wish to have the disqualification revoked. Such applications will be handled by the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber under the First–tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) Rules.

Memorandums of understanding in respect of expedited appeals

Memorandum of understanding between Ofsted and the First-Tier Tribunal of the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber (PDF 0.05mb)

Memorandum of Understanding between Department for Education (Independent Education and Boarding Team) and HM Courts & Tribunals Service (First-tier Tribunal Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) (PDF 2mb)

Memorandum of Understanding between Care Quality Commission and Tribunals Service re expedited appeals to the First-tier Tribuanl (Care Standards) (PDF 0.03mb)

Memorandum of Understanding between the Welsh Ministers and Tribunals Service in respect of expedited appeals (PDF 0.08mb)

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