Social care commentaries

Ofsted's National Director of Social Care writes about major issues in children's services in a series of articles.

These commentaries allow Ofsted’s Director of Social Care to share her thoughts on different aspects of our children’s services. These are based on emerging inspection evidence, first hand observations and the considered views of those working in the system.

You can also read commentaries from Ofsted’s Chief Inspector.

Yvette Stanley commentaries

Yvette Stanley became Director of Social Care at Ofsted in April 2018.

Commentaries by the former Director, Eleanor Schooling

  1. Social care commentary: what do local authorities need to do to improve from inadequate
  2. Social care commentary: children's homes
  3. Social care commentary: hidden children - the challenges of safeguarding children who are not attending school
  4. Social care commentary: protecting disabled children
  5. Social care commentary: creating an effective 'front-door'
  6. Social care commentary: preventing child sexual exploitation
  7. Social care commentary: supporting care leavers
  8. Social care commentary: an environment where social work can flourish
  9. Social care commentary: leadership and children's services
Published 3 November 2016
Last updated 9 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. January 2018 commentary published.
  2. December 2017 commentary published.
  3. October 2017 commentary published.
  4. February monthly commentary added.
  5. December 2016 commentary published.
  6. First published.