framework for consultation is published by the Office for Standards
in Education today.
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
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.
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.