The joint inspections aim to answer five key inspection questions:

  1. How good is the partnership at recognising and responding when children and young people need protection?
  2. How good is the partnership at helping children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect stay safe, healthy and recover from their experiences?
  3. How good is the partnership at maximising the well-being of children and young people who are looked after?
  4. How good is the partnership at enabling care experienced young people to succeed in their transition to adulthood?
  5. How good is collaborative leadership?

These questions link closely to the quality framework and joint self-evaluation and enable robust, evidence-based conclusions to be reached on the quality of practice on each of the themes that they cover.

We will be looking at how well systems are organised to ensure that children and young people can experience continuity in their care and develop lasting relationships. We will also look at how well staff are supported and equipped for their task.

We want to learn how well children and young people understand and have been involved in decision making and plans about their care and support, as well as how well they think professionals work together to promote their well-being.

We will be looking at the extent to which performance in assessment and planning, supported by robust quality assurance and high-quality reflective supervision, is in place to ensure the safety of, and improve outcomes for, children and young people.

The child protection systems review identified the need for a clearer collective understanding of when child protection concerns should give rise to consideration of compulsory measures of care. Our inspections will consider the appropriate use of legal measures to achieve security and stability in the lives of children and young people in need of care and protection.

We will continue to assess how well leaders work together and how they can demonstrate the difference that they are making to the lives of children and young people in need of protection and those for whom they are corporate parents.


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