Guidance

Inspecting local authority children's services: single inspection framework

Ofsted's single inspection framework for inspecting local authority children's services.

Documents

Framework and evaluation schedule for the inspections of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers

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Child level data additional guidance and template for Annex A

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Details

Ofsted will use the single inspection framework (SIF) for some re-inspections of inadequate children’s services. From 2018 Ofsted will use a new framework and guidance for most inspections of local authority children’s services (ILACS).

The single inspection framework has the framework and evaluation schedule for inspecting services for children in need of help and protection, looked after children and care leavers.

The child level data document is additional guidance and an example template for Annex A. It will help a local authority provide data lists for their inspection. Full details are in Annex A of the framework and the inspection handbook.

Published 3 June 2014
Last updated 29 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Removed sections about the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) review and updated the Annex A child-level data guidance.
  2. Additional guidance in Annex A on ‘information about the local authority’.
  3. Footnote 3 updated with the new title of the updated monitoring handbook for inspectors. The updated handbook now also covers re-inspection.
  4. Evaluation schedule numbers added.
  5. Framework updated to provide information on: local authorities who have delegated their functions; scheduling LSCB reviews; inspector deployment and timetable.
  6. Framework updated for references to inspection team size: eight inspectors now from previous seven.
  7. The framework was updated in December 2014.
  8. First published.