Comment on Inspection of local authority children’s services

Inspection of local authority children’s services

Steve Crocker, Chair of the ADCS Standards, Performance and Inspection Policy Committee said:

“It is right that local authorities are inspected for the work that we do with children and families. Our members value the robust and effective inspection of our services as part of the continuous improvement journey. The new inspection framework’s focus on prevention and offering support to local authorities at the earliest opportunity is welcome, as is the move away from a ‘one size fits all’ model. However, our preference for a wholly narrative judgement is well known. Graded judgments can, and do, hide a multitude of strengths and weaknesses, and there is no certainty that two local authorities with the same judgments are providing the same quality of service and achieving the same outcomes for children in their area. Ofsted are clear, in that, the narrative letter following a focused visit will complement, not replace, the single worded judgement.”


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