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Child safeguarding and looked after children inspection programme
We are carrying out a review of how health services keep children safe and contribute to promoting the health and wellbeing of looked after children and care leavers.
This review runs for two years from September 2013, at which stage there will be a review of findings leading to a national report.
The review will focus on:
- Evaluating the quality and impact of local health arrangements for safeguarding children.
- Improving healthcare for children who are looked after.
What will we look at during the review?
Our inspections will look at the quality and effectiveness of the arrangements that health care services have made to ensure children are safeguarded and how health services promote the health and wellbeing of looked after children and care leavers.
We will inspect health services within local authority areas in England and will case track individual children in each area.
We will prioritise our inspections based on the identified risk within the health services in those areas and we will visit at short notice.
We will use our powers under Section 48 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 to conduct this review.
This means that we will be able to review:
- all aspects of the provision of healthcare.
- exercise of function of NHS England.
The results of our review
We will publish a report for each local area we inspect.
Each report will provide commentary on our findings and will make recommendations for improvement.
We will also publish a national report which will bring together findings from all inspections across England and will include reporting on the good practice we find.
Published inspection reports
We will publish inspection reports here as and when they become available.
Read the reports we've published so far...
Multi-agency inspections with other inspectorates
At the same time as carrying out this review, we're working with the inspectorates below to plan multi-agency inspections.
- Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation
- Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary
- Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons
The multi-agency inspections will jointly explore the contribution of all agencies to ensure they keep children and young people safe and promote the health and wellbeing of looked after children and care leavers.
Find out more
Further information about the reviews can be found in the documents below. The third document is the notification letter we send to inform clinical commissioning groups of our visit. It includes appendices about the information we will require when we visit.
- Last updated:
- 5 February 2016