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Child safeguarding and looked after children inspection programme

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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 will begin on 30 September 2013 and will run until April 2015.

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 as and when they become available. 

Listed below are the inspection reports that we have published so far.

Brent: Review of health services for children PDF | 147.52 KB

Cheshire West and Chester: Review of health services for children PDF | 187.69 KB

Cumbria: Review of health services for children PDF | 161.22 KB

East riding of Yorkshire: Review of health services for children PDF | 194 KB

Essex: Review of health services for children PDF | 150.47 KB

Gloucester: Review of health services for children PDF | 181.58 KB

Kent: Review of health services for children PDF | 248.45 KB

Kingston: Review of health services for children PDF | 168.49 KB

Harrow: Review of health services for children PDF | 160.92 KB

Hertfordshire: Review of health services for children PDF | 230.75 KB

Lincolnshire: Review of health services for children PDF | 190.49 KB

Newham: Review of health services for children PDF | 135.05 KB

Reading: Review of health services for children PDF | 162.43 KB

Redbridge: Review of health services for children PDF | 166.25 KB

Rochdale: Review of health services for children PDF | 163.42 KB

Salford: Review of health services for children PDF | 177.04 KB

Stockton on Tees: Review of health services for children PDF | 135.18 KB

Solihull: Review of health services for children PDF | 243.33 KB

Swindon: Review of health services for children PDF | 167.11 KB

Torbay: Review of health services for children PDF | 182.33 KB

Waltham Forest: Review of health services for children PDF | 115.65 KB

Wiltshire: Review of health services for children PDF | 168.96 KB

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.

  • Ofsted
  • 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.

These inspections have been deferred until April 2015. Further information will be published about this soon.

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.

Terms of reference: Child safeguarding inspection programme Word | 28.5 KB

Lines of enquiry: Child safeguarding inspection programme PDF | 150.26 KB

Child safeguarding inspection programme: Notification letter DOCX | 69.14 KB

Last updated:
20 August 2014