Guidance

Inspecting local authority children's services from 2018

Ofsted's framework and guidance for inspecting local authority services for children in need of help and protection, children in care and care leavers.

Documents

Framework, evaluation criteria and inspector guidance for the inspections of local authority children’s services

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Child-level data: additional guidance and template for Annex A

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How to use the local authority inspection sharing site

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Talking to an Ofsted inspector: children

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Talking to an Ofsted inspector: children

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Talking to an Ofsted inspector: parents and carers

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Talking to an Ofsted inspector: parents and carers

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Details

From 2018 Ofsted will use this framework and guidance for most inspections of local authority children’s services (ILACS).

Ofsted will use the single inspection framework (SIF) for some re-inspections of inadequate children’s services.

This page includes:

  • Ofsted’s framework for the inspection of local authority children’s services
  • guidance for local authorities on sharing information with us on an inspection
  • ‘Talking to…’ privacy notices for children and young people and their parents/carers that explain why inspectors want to speak with them and what we do with the things they tell us
Published 29 November 2017
Last updated 5 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Published 'Talking to...' inspection privacy notices for children and young people and parents/carers.
  2. Added guidance on sharing files with Ofsted during inspections of local authority children's services.
  3. Annex B updated and new annex added (Annex C) about inspections where a local authority is part of a regional adoption agency.
  4. First published.