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Ofsted ends single inspection framework for 'inadequate' children's services

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Children’s social care services rated ‘inadequate’ will no longer face inspection under the single inspection framework (SIF) following an evaluation of the new regulatory regime, Ofsted has announced.

The inspection of local authority children’s services (ILACS) framework was introduced in April in a bid to establish more “proportionate” inspections, with shorter visits for councils rated as requiring improvement or better.

However, councils rated inadequate have continued to be inspected under the more intensive single inspection framework.

The evaluation of ILACS has now found the new framework has delivered the information required by the Department of Education to monitor councils under intervention.

Ofsted’s national director for social care Yvette Stanley said ILACS was working well and “proving effective assurance of quality and progress”.

She added: “Inspections so far have shown that our approach recognises improvement and outstanding practice but is equally able to identify where improvement is needed most.

“In streamlining our approach, we retain the same high expectations about the quality of social work expected, and the impact of practice on children. This decision makes sense, both for inspection, and for the sector.”

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