Children's services leaders call for big changes to Ofsted inspection system

By Wajid Shafiq October 9, 2015 Troubled Families

A joint policy paper published by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and council chief executive’s group Solace, recommends Ofsted’s single inspection framework is “stood down” because it is “no longer fit for purpose” as it fails to assess the involvement of other agencies and places too great a burden on departments.

They are asking for the introduction of unannounced inspections of “front-door” arrangements covering contact, referral and assessment procedures and systems.

Authorities where significant concerns were identified would be subject, along with other services working with children and young people, to a wider, multi-agency joint inspection.

They also want an expansion of thematic inspections focused on assessing performance across services for children and young people on a range of issues saying that this would become the “bedrock of improvement” and focus on issues all local areas struggle with such as tackling domestic violence.