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

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

The Social care compliance handbook sets out the legal background to Ofsted’s social care compliance work and its regulatory powers.

Published 29 November 2017
Last updated 14 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated the framework - there is a summary of changes at the end of the document.
  2. Published 'Talking to...' inspection privacy notices for children and young people and parents/carers.
  3. Added guidance on sharing files with Ofsted during inspections of local authority children's services.
  4. Annex B updated and new annex added (Annex C) about inspections where a local authority is part of a regional adoption agency.
  5. First published.