Children and families services
A single inspection framework for children’s services – On 12 April, the Chief Inspector announced plans to inspect local authority child protection and services for children who are looked after under a single, combined framework.
The decision follows discussions with various local government representatives and a thorough assessment of the initial pilot results.
It means deferring the proposed multi-agency child protection inspections that were planned for launch in June, and stopping plans to inspect services for looked after children separately.
Keeping out of trouble – More local activities and places to go would stop children and young people from breaking the law.
In the report Keeping out of trouble, the Children’s Rights Director for England asks 187 children and young people who are either living in care or in a secure training centre for their views on what the worst kinds of trouble are and how to avoid getting into them.
They think the main reasons why people their age break the law are peer pressure, not having any money and boredom, as well as progressing from the edges of crime. Their top three ways to stop this are more local activities and places to go, jobs for young people and government help for young people.
Adoption and fostering quality assurance and data forms – All adoption agencies and fostering services should complete and return the 2013 quality assurance and data form by 30 June.
For fostering services, Ofsted has conducted this annual data collection since 2007 to inform inspection and debate on policy and provision. This year, adoption agencies are taking part for the first time.
If you haven’t received our letter, contact the social care data team on 0300 013 0020 or email@example.com and return your form by 30 June.
Social care online questionnaires 2013: promotional poster for providers – Throughout April and May, we are gathering views on the quality of care in individual children’s homes, adoption agencies, fostering service and residential family centres.
We want to hear from children and young people; families; foster carers and adopters; placing social workers, independent reviewing officers and other professionals.
Up until the end of May, please encourage people to fill in the online questionnaire. You can write the name of your service on this poster and contact us on 0300 123 1231 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you haven’t received an email with your unique links.
Joint protocol on disclosing the names and addresses of children’s homes – Ofsted is now required to share information from our list of registered children’s homes to Chief Officers of local police forces, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Department for Education (DfE). We already disclose this information to local authorities.
You can find the agreement for this process on the DfE’s website.
Annual fees for children’s social care services – We have now updated the 2013 list of annual fees for children’s social care services from April onwards. Registered providers can pay their annual fees online with a debit or credit card.
Multi-agency Children and Young People’s Partnership Panel supporting youth crime reduction work in Hackney – The Children and Young People’s Partnership (CYPP) Panel in Hackney enables successful collaboration on cases where young people are identified with peripheral gang involvement or are showing early signs of sexual exploitation.
The quarterly releases listed below contain commentary, charts and tables in pdf format, charts and tables in Excel format, and the underlying data in Excel and comma separated values (.csv) format.
Adoption quality assurance and data forms 2011-12 first statistical release – 26 March
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Children’s social care inspections and outcomes – 4 April