Joint inspections of services for children and young people at risk of harm encompass two main phases and take place over 22 weeks from notification to publication of the inspection report. However, the actual time may vary as we do not count school holiday weeks.

Phase One involves submission of a pre-inspection return by the CPP; the issue of a staff survey and a review of children’s and young people’s records. Following this, surveys for children and young people and parents and carers will be issued.

Phase Two involves the submission of a position statement and supporting evidence by the CPP; and a week of engagement activity, including contacts with children and families and focus groups with key staff. Inspectors are usually on site in the area for a total of five days during the second phase.

Over the course of the inspection, inspectors will hold three professional partnership discussions with leaders and managers from the CPP.

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