Dear Ms Fox,


Thank you for your request of 4 July 2013 under the Freedom of Information Act (2000).  Your exact request was:


“ I am interested in knowing

a)what records there are and

b) where the records are held

from  the

1)Social Services Inspectorate (SSI),

2) SSI/Audit Commission Joint Review Team

3)National Care Standards Commission (NCSC),

and what dates these bodies were in existence.


I believe these bodies merged into the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI)from 1 April 2004 to 31st March 2009, please correct me if wrong and some records are held by Ofsted, some by the Care Quality Commission and some by the House of Commons Library amongst others.

I wish to know what classes of records went where so that the public can easily find these records under FOI requests without being passed from department to department like I have.


In terms of what records are hold I am thinking of what quantities, what subjects, what dates, what format - paper, electronic etc etc”


I can confirm that the Department holds information relevant to your request.


1) The Social Services Inspectorate (SSI) was created in the mid 1990s, and operated until 2004 when its functions were transferred to the Commission for Social Care Inspection.  The Care Quality Commission (CQC) retains some paper records from this time, mainly inspection reports.  They are all in hard copy and are retained off-site.  In line with CQC’s  retention schedule, these are due for destruction shortly.


2) SSI/Audit Commission Joint Review Team – as with the SSI reports, CQC holds these in paper copy off-site.


3) National Care Standards Commission -  operated  from April 2000 to 31 March 2004, when its functions were split between the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Healthcare Commission.  All social care functions were transferred to CSCI, with private and voluntary healthcare transferring to the Healthcare Commission.  CQC has around 55,000 NCSC records held electronically and 3,500 files held offsite in their original paper format.  These are again mainly inspection reports.


All records relating to children’s services were transferred from CSCI to Ofsted in 2007 when inspection of all children’s services were consolidated into one body.


The Department does not hold a record of the subjects of the records about which you have enquired, nor of the number records held by the Social Services Inspectorate and SSI/Audit Commission Joint Review Team.


You may wish to request this information from the CQC directly. Information about how to submit an FoI request to the CQC is available here:




If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.


If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to:


Head of the Freedom of Information Team

Department of Health

Room 507

Richmond House

79 Whitehall




Email: [email address]  


If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Department. The ICO can be contacted at:


The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane


Yours sincerely,


Jonathan Young


Freedom of Information Officer
Department of Health


[email address]