What does it mean? – O


This page is part of our handy list of definitions and explanations of some of the terms that you might have come across but didn’t know what they meant. If you think we’ve missed something, let us know, and we’ll look at added it to the list. 

These are the entries for O. You can see other entries by clicking the letters below.




Ofsted stands for the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect services that care for children and young people (including schools, nurseries, fostering, adoption and safeguarding services etc.). They help providers that are not yet of good standard to improve, monitor their progress and share with them the best practice.

Out of County Placements

Sometimes children need to be given a home in a different County. This can be for their own safety, or because a suitable placement can’t be found in Devon. If you are placed in another County, you are still the responsibility of Devon County Council and have all the same rights as a young person in Devon. Out of County is also sometimes called Out of Authority.