14. Inadequate judgements: next steps
What happens following inadequate judgements, including urgent case reviews.
Any inspection judgement of inadequate for the overall experiences of children and young people attending an event operated by the scheme leads to an urgent case review.
The case review considers whether statutory enforcement action is required in relation to the scheme. The Social care compliance handbook has detailed information about the enforcement options available and the arrangements for following up enforcement activity.
The timing and nature of subsequent inspection and monitoring visits following a judgement of inadequate are set on a case-by-case basis. This will either be a monitoring visit or a full inspection. Where concerns are serious, we are likely to return to undertake a monitoring visit to check that the manager and provider have taken sufficient steps to safeguard and protect the welfare of children attending events provided by the scheme.
If the scheme may not be scheduled to operate in the near future, we may meet with the responsible individual and/or registered manager to understand what steps they intend to take to improve the service before operating the scheme again.
A 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 will take place sooner if any further significant concerns arise during the period or if an earlier inspection is necessary to make statutory requirements to safeguard and protect the welfare of children.