09 Oct Policy paper: Ofsted’s directed surveillance policy
Ofsted is authorised under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000 to carry out directed surveillance in order to prevent or detect a crime. We will only use directed surveillance if we cannot obtain the necessary information in any other way.
Directed surveillance means surveillance that is:
- covert, but not intrusive
- carried out for the purposes of a specific investigation or operation related to the preventing or detecting of crime
- likely to result in the obtaining of private information about a person or persons
- carried out in a way that is premeditated, rather than, for example, the chance observations of an inspector attending a setting to carry out an inspection
This policy sets out our legal powers, our authorisation process, the records we keep and how we will retain any evidence.