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have your say on local authority children's services

27 July 2011

Today sees the launch of a consultation on changes to the inspection of local authority children’s services. Ofsted’s announcement flags the “No Notice” element of the scheme and reports that it is proposed inspection will include direct observation of services in action, including interactions with children and families.

Inspection will also consider whether the quality of early help could have prevented the child from entering the child protection system in the first place and the impact of the failure to provide such help might have had on the child.

It doesn’t take much to work out what triggers have prompted these developments, which, it is proposed, will be implemented May 2012. The consultation invites comment, but the closing date for this is very soon; 30 September 2011.

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