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CONSULTATION ON NEW FRAMEWORK FOR THE INSPECTION OF LOCAL AUTHORITY YOUTH SERVICES

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The Inspection of local authority youth services: Inspection ...
The Inspection of local authority youth services: Inspection

framework for consultation is published by the Office for Standards

in Education today.

The revised framework, which Ofsted is inviting stakeholders to

comment on, builds on the previous inspection framework; retaining an

emphasis on achievement and standards and on the particular

contribution which youth workers make to young people's personal and

social development.

Where practical, there will be some alignment of youth service,

Connexions, local education authority and 14 to 19 area

inspections, thereby easing the burden on a local authority. Aspects

of the new framework link with the Connexions inspection framework,

particularly in respect of judgements concerning joint planning.

Although its primary function is in reporting upon how effectively

and efficiently a local authority ensures the provision of a

high-quality youth service, the framework will be equally applicable

to other voluntary and statutory organisations providing youth work.

The chief inspector of schools' strategic plan 2004-07 sets out seven

clear objectives for Ofsted, one of which commits the organisation to

the inspection of colleges, the assessment of 14-19 provision and the

evaluation of national strategies for improving the education of this

age range. One of the programmes within this objective is the

replacement of the current pattern of youth service inspection with a

four-year cycle from January 2004.

The strategic plan recognises that these arrangements may be subject

to further change in the light of work on children's services

inspections. Notwithstanding these important policy factors, Ofsted's

target is to have completed a new four-year cycle of youth service

inspections by December 2007.

Ofsted will be consulting local authorities, the Local Government

Association, the Association of Principal Youth Officers, youth

services, and the voluntar y sector about today's document. The

deadline for submitting comments is March 26, 2004. The final version

of the framework will be used from autumn 2004 onwards.

NOTES

1. The Inspection of local authority youth services: Inspection

framework for consultation (HMI 2020) is published today on Ofsted's

website at www.ofsted.gov.uk

2. Ofsted is a non-ministerial government department established

under the Education (Schools) Act 1992 to take responsibility for the

inspection of all schools in England. Its role also includes the

inspection of local education authorities, teacher training

institutions and youth work. During 2001, Ofsted became responsible

for inspecting all 16-19 education and for the regulation of early

years childcare, including childminders.

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