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Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and therefore is no longer available to answer your social care questions. However, you might still find the answer you’ve been searching for down below.

23rd July 2015

Setting up a domiciliary care business

Hi Sheila,

Could you tell me if I wanted to start a domiciliary care business , what are the requirements and do I need to provide a bond before starting business?
Also how much information can CQC provide about an existing domiciliary company registered with CQC?

Thanks & Kind regards,


Dear Mal,

If you are looking to buy an existing business already registered with CQC then you can look at previous inspection reports on the CQC website.

If you put the name of the business into the search engine you will be able to read all previous inspection reports for that service. You certainly do not need to provide a bond to CQC.

CQC’s website has extensive information about registering a new service although sometimes it is difficult to navigate around their website. Your best starting place is here

The registration form can be found here

Registering a care service is not a fast process. You need to have everything in place before submitting your application so make sure you follow their guidance to make sure there are no delays.

If you are starting a new business you will need to have policies, procedures and forms in place before you are registered so make sure that you check out the offer from QCS at

Best wishes.

*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and over the years , prior to her retirement she has answered thousands of your social questions. You can still access the many questions below.

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