The Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee (SPI) has lead responsibility for:

  • Links with Ofsted and all other inspectorates involved in the regulation of children’s services in England
  • Performance management and the use of data locally and nationally
  • Intervention
  • Sector-led improvement.

The Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee liaises closely with all other committees and its members represent the Association on various reference groups organised by Ofsted and the other inspectorates. The ADCS Research Group is a sub-committee of the Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee (SPI).

Meeting Dates

  • 14 Jan 2021
  • 11 March 2021
  • 20 May 2021
  • 8 Sept 2021 (TBC)
  • 8 Nov 2021 (TBC)

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Chair: Steve Crocker, Director of Children’s Services, Hampshire County Council and Isle of Wight Council. To contact Steve, email steve.crocker@hants.gov.uk

ADCS Policy Officer: Katy Block supports the work of the committee. To contact Katy, email katy.block@adcs.org.uk


  • February 2019: Meeting update

All local authorities (LAs) and trusts that had received either a short or standard visit under Ofsted’s ILACS framework in 2018 - the first full year of operation - were invited to this meeting to reflect on their experiences. Find out more

  • November 2018: Joint meeting with the Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee

Members of the Association’s Resources & Sustainability and the Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committees met jointly in London on Thursday 22 November to discuss shared areas of interest. The Early Intervention Foundation’s (EIF’s) Director of Policy and Evidence joined the group to discuss how we can collectively make the case for investing in early intervention. The EIF recently published a report on this topic and the group ran through the key messages and recommendations. Find out more

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