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Consultation on integrated multi-agency inspections of children's services

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About this consultation

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is working in partnership with Ofsted, HMI Constabulary, HMI Probation and HMI Prisons in order to carry out no notice, integrated inspections of multi-agency arrangements for the protection and care of children, from April 2015.

This new approach is expected to provide a more comprehensive picture of how local authorities, health, police, probation and other services work together in order to protect and care for vulnerable children. This new method will be tested and assessed as part of pilot inspections expected to take place in October 2014.

Pilot inspections may involve all inspectorates being on site at an inspection at the same time. This will enable vital information to be shared more effectively, and the actual experiences of children and young people, their journeys and outcomes to be monitored more closely.

We are now asking for the views of partners and stakeholders with child protection skills and experience to help shape the plans for these pilot inspections.

We want this feedback to help shape future plans to ensure the best outcomes for vulnerable children and young people.

Download the documents

Full details on the plans for the inspections are detailed in the consultation document below.

Consultation on integrated inspections of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers and joint inspections of the Local Safeguarding Children Board PDF | 555.81 KB

Have your say

The consultation is now live. To share your views about the plans for the multi-agency inspections of children’s services before the deadline on 12 September 2014, access the survey here:

Last updated:
27 June 2014