14. Inadequate judgements: next steps
What happens following inadequate judgements, including urgent case reviews.
Any inspection judgement of inadequate for the overall experiences and progress of children and young people will lead to an urgent case review.
The case review considers whether statutory enforcement action is required in relation to the agency and, where there is a registered manager, the registered manager. The case review considers all the enforcement options available. The social care compliance handbook has detailed information about the enforcement options available and the arrangements for following up enforcement activity.
We usually carry out a full inspection of agencies that have been judged as inadequate within 6 to 12 months of the previous inspection. The timing and nature of subsequent inspection and monitoring visits following an inadequate judgement, however, are set on a case-by-case basis.
Where concerns are serious, we are likely to return to conduct a monitoring visit to check that the manager and responsible person have taken sufficient steps to safeguard and protect the welfare of children. Any monitoring visit usually results in a published report, although regulatory inspection managers (RIMs) can decide not to publish monitoring reports in exceptional circumstances.
An inspection visit takes place sooner if any further significant concerns arise during this period or if an earlier inspection is necessary to make statutory requirements to safeguard and protect the welfare of children.