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July 2013 - BASW Response to Ofsted Consultation on Inspection of Services for Children in Need of Help and Protection, Children Looked After and Care Leavers

BASW welcomed the changes to the inspection framework of local authority children’s social care services last year as a result of the Munro Review. It was right to introduce a much more qualitative feel to inspection having as its starting point the child’s journey. However, we need to recognise that this new framework is still only just bedding down and not all local authorities have been inspected yet. It is therefore, quite a challenge to expect the sector to brace itself for yet more changes to Ofsted inspections due to be implemented later this year. Furthermore, the latest set of proposals will be superseded in 2015 by the rolling out of the delayed joint inspection multi-agency inspection framework so it does feel frenetic and pressurising of services expecting them to deal with constant change.