This guide no longer accurately reflects the current round of inspections commencing in summer 2021.  It is being updated over the next few months, but in the meantime if partnerships being inspected have any queries about any aspect of the process they should consult with their inspection lead.


The Guide provides information for community planning partnerships (CPP) about the process for the joint inspection of services for children and young people in need of care and protection.  This includes services for children under the age of 18 years, or young people up to 26 years if they have been previously looked after.  It should be read in conjunction with the quality framework for children and young people in need of care and protection 2019 (revised) (QIF) for self-evaluation of services.

The Guide contains a number of hyperlinks.  These may be to references within the guide itself or to external sources.