Joint targeted child protection inspections
In 2016, a programme of joint targeted area child protection inspections was launched. These short, focused inspections are carried out on a multi-agency basis, led by Ofsted and also involving HMICFRS, the Care Quality Commission and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation.
Please note: In July 2017 HMIC took on responsibility for fire & rescue service inspections and was renamed HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). Inspections carried out before July 2017 may continue to refer to HMIC.
Multi-agency child protection pilot inspections
Following recommendations made in 2011’s Munro Review of Child Protection, HMIC was involved in developing and piloting multi-agency child protection inspections between 2011 and 2013. These inspections highlighted many areas of effective practice, but also identified a number of areas where improvement was needed. These included:
- the quality of joint investigations;
- the identification of risk;
- dealing with domestic abuse; and
- the detention of children in custody.
Integrated child protection pilot inspections
Drawing on the results of these pilots, inspectorates worked together to develop an approach that would drive sustained improvements in the protection of children. This resulted in proposals for ‘integrated’ child protection inspections where inspectorates separately assessed the contribution of local agencies delivering child protection within the same local authority area at the same time. Pilot integrated inspections took place in late 2014.
Joint targeted child protection inspections
Responses to these proposals, and the pilots, confirmed the benefits of working together. Inspectorates agreed that greater impact could be achieved by carrying out short, targeted joint inspections looking specifically at how well agencies work together to protect children in an area.
Get the inspection framework
An inspection framework for joint targeted child protection inspections was developed in late 2015 following further consultation and a pilot inspection. This framework sets out the approach for the inspections planned for 2016. It was updated on 10 August 2016.
Joint targeted area inspections include a ‘deep dive’ investigation – an evaluation of children and young people’s experiences. This changes periodically to investigate different themes in detail.
Children at risk of child sexual exploitation theme
The first theme examined was children at risk of sexual exploitation and those missing from home, school or care. This was examined in five inspections and the findings drawn together in the report Time to listen’- A Joined Up Approach to Child Sexual Exploitation and Missing Children.
Children living with domestic abuse theme
The theme for September 2016 to March 2017 is the response to children living with domestic abuse. This was examined for six inspections and the findings drawn together in the report The multi-agency response to children living with domestic abuse.
Children experiencing neglect theme
The theme for May to December 2017 is how local partner agencies – including local authorities, health and probation services and the police – are working together to protect children living with, or at risk of, neglect.
- Joint targeted area inspection – Haringey – published January 2018
- Joint targeted area inspection – Stockton-on-Tees – published January 2018
- Joint targeted area inspection – Bristol – published December 2017
- Joint targeted area inspection – Cheshire West and Chester – published November 2017
- Joint targeted area inspection – Peterborough – published August 2017
- Joint targeted area inspection – Wokingham – published July 2017
- Joint targeted area inspection – Hounslow – published June 2017
- Joint targeted area inspection – Bradford – published April 2017
- Joint targeted area inspection – Hampshire – published February 2017
- Joint targeted area inspection – Wiltshire – published December 2016
- Joint targeted area inspection – Lincolnshire – published December 2016
- Joint targeted area inspection – Salford – published October 2016
- Joint targeted area inspection – Liverpool – published August 2016
- Joint targeted area inspection – Croydon – published June 2016
- Joint targeted area inspection – Central Bedfordshire – published May 2016
- Joint targeted area inspection – Oxfordshire – published May 2016
- Joint targeted area inspection – South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough – published April 2016