Guidance

Ofsted targeted inspections of local authority services for children in need of help and protection

Framework and guidance for Ofsted inspection of local authority arrangements and services for children who are at risk of harm.

Documents

Ofsted targeted local authority inspections: inspection framework and guidance

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Ofsted targeted local authority inspections: inspection framework and guidance

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These inspections take place by exception where Ofsted has concerns or where Ofsted wants to highlight effective practice.

Targeted inspections look at ‘front door’ practices, where children who are at risk of harm first become known to the local authority. They also include a ‘deep dive’ investigation. This focuses on children who are at risk of a specific type (or types) of harm, or the support and care of children looked after and/or care leavers.

Local authorities and Local Safeguarding Children Boards can use this guidance to understand how inspections are conducted. They may also find it useful when carrying out self evaluations or improvement planning.