Research and analysis

Inspection of local authority children’s services framework: implementation review

This report evaluates the extent to which the inspection of local authority children’s services (ILACS) framework has been implemented as intended.

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Details

The report uses a variety of methods to evaluate the extent to which the ILACS framework has been implemented as intended, including independent inspection shadows and interviews carried out by the University of Birmingham.

Review findings

The ILACS framework provides a proportionate and efficient inspection system.

The inspection system rigorously investigates the social work practice of local authorities.

The judgements from standard and short inspections are sufficiently reliable.

Our inspection reports are clear yet concise.

Further work is required to support inspection teams to make full use of new methods and processes, ensuring that all teams consistently adhere to the framework.

Published 26 September 2019