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INSPECTION OF SERVICES TO BE MORE TARGETED

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Children's services managers say government moves to reduce the burden imposed by inspections must go further....
Children's services managers say government moves to reduce the burden imposed by inspections must go further.

Beverley Hughes, the children's minister, last week launched a consultation on proposals to review the frequency and methodology of inspections of individual services to ensure councils with the worst performance receive the most attention.

She said: 'Inspection needs to be smart and targeted to have maximum impact. This fits in with the government's agenda to ensure inspection is proportionate to risk.'

National minimum stand-ards used to assess services including children's homes, fostering and residential family centres will be reviewed.

But Andrew Webb, co-chairman of the Association of Directors of Social Services children and families committee, called for more to be done to tackle the workload caused by both annual and joint area review inspections.
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