The Care Inspectorate’s quality framework for children and young people in need of care and protection 2018 (QIF) is central to the development of the partnership’s joint self-evaluation.  Community planning partners should familiarise themselves with the quality framework and the self-evaluation guidance before they begin to develop their joint self-evaluation report.

The revised programme of joint inspection of services for children and young people seeks to answer the five key inspection questions which should also form the basis of their joint self-evaluation.   

We have provided a template for CPPs to use within the self-evaluation guidance to help them to structure their joint self-evaluation.  Using the five key inspection questions as noted above as the basis for the joint self-evaluation, community planning partners should seek to answer three reflective questions:

  • How good are we now?
  • How do we know?
  • What do we plan to do next?

More information about self-evaluation and the three reflective questions can be found in the self-evaluation guidance and the quality framework.

The joint self-evaluation should set out the main themes and learning.  It should make sense as a standalone document and be succinct, focused and use evaluative language. Inspectors are keen to know about the impact of the CPP’s work on the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in need of care and protection, and the difference that its work is making to their life chances.

We recommend that a joint self-evaluation is no more than 30 pages, with four to five sides of A4 sufficient to answer each inspection question.  The use of bullet points may help eliminate the need for overly detailed description.  The guidance for submitting the self-evaluation outlines how to link supporting documents.


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