Special inspections and visits

Page last updated: 12 May 2022

We carry out a range of inspections and visits in addition to our regular regulation and inspection programme.

Children's services

Our inspections of children's services include:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements and the quality of health provision to children looked after and care leavers.
  • A programme looking at effectiveness of front-line safeguarding and how well different agencies work together. This work is carried out in partnership with Ofsted, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, HM Inspectorate of Probation and, where relevant, HM Inspectorate of Prisons.
  • A programme looking at local area services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This work is carried out in partnership with Ofsted.

Local health and social care systems

Our reviews of local health and social care systems across the country look at how services are working together to care for people aged 65 and older.

Monitoring the Mental Health Act

Our job is to check that patients' basic human rights are maintained while they are being cared for or treated under the Mental Health Act.

We visit patients who have been detained and those under community treatment orders and we also appoint Second Opinion Appointed Doctors (SOADs) who check whether the medication that patients receive is correct.

Defence Medical Services

We inspect Defence Medical Services on behalf of the Surgeon General. These services provide medical care for members of HM Armed Forces throughout the UK and abroad.

Health and care in the criminal justice system

We work with HM Inspectorate of Prisons (and other inspectorates to protect and promote the interests and rights of people who use health and social care services in secure settings.

Ionising radiation

We publish reports about our work enforcing the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IR(ME)R) in England. The reports summarise findings from our inspections and can be used tp share learning, improve compliance with the regulations and keep people safe.