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New approach to inspecting multi-agency child services: tell us what you think

23 June 2014
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From April 2015, the way we inspect multi-agency arrangements that help, protect and care for vulnerable children and young people is changing. A new, integrated approach will involve CQC working in partnership with Ofsted, HMI Constabulary, HMI Probation and HMI Prisons to carry out inspections.

Although each inspectorate currently looks separately at how agencies work with local partners, the new approach will bring these activities together for a comprehensive picture of how local authorities, health, police, probation and other services work together.

A joined-up inspection approach

Under the new approach, inspectorates will be on site within a local authority area during the same four week inspection period, enabling improved sharing of information.

We’ll be carrying out pilot inspections to help us assess the new approach in October this year.

Share your views

We’re asking for feedback from partners and all professionals with child protection expertise and experience to help us shape plans for these pilot inspections.

You’ll find full details in our Consultations section. The consultation will be open until 12 September 2014.

Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice said:

“This consultation presents a vital opportunity for people with child protection knowledge and experience to help shape and improve the way in which services are inspected in future. The Care Quality Commission strongly encourages people to contribute by sharing their views.

“Increasing communication and collaboration between agencies is essential in order to achieve the best outcomes for our vulnerable young people.”

Last updated:
29 May 2017