Guidance

Ofsted - managing cross-remit concerns about children's welfare

Ofsted’s approach to concerns about a local authority’s arrangements for children and young people that arise during an inspection.

Documents

Management of cross remit concerns about children's welfare

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Management of cross remit concerns about children's welfare

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Detail

This document explains the process that inspectors should follow if, during an inspection or survey visit or as a consequence of monitoring regulatory notifications, they identify evidence that suggests local authorities may not be fully meeting their statutory duties in relation to the welfare and well-being of children.

Wherever an inspector has concerns that suggest a child is at risk of harm, they should follow the safeguarding policy and make a referral to the Compliance, Investigation and Enforcement Team.

This does not replace the safeguarding procedures outlined in Whistleblowing to Ofsted about safeguarding in local authority children’s services.