This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
We are proposing to allow all local authorities to delegate some decision making and tasks around children in care and care leavers to external social work providers. The law that already allows this to happen expires this November. So a change to legislation will let local authorities who are already using external providers to continue to do so, and will give all local authorities greater flexibility around how to look after children in their care.
Ofsted have already said they will consider the experiences of children receiving services under delegated arrangements as part of their new inspection framework. This consultation therefore sets out our intention to remove the requirement for social work providers to register with and be inspected separately by Ofsted.