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SOCIAL CARE RESPONSE TO LOCAL SERVICES INSPECTION CONSULTATION

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The Commission for Social Care Inspection believes that the critical focus of any future local services inspection ...
The Commission for Social Care Inspection believes that the critical focus of any future local services inspection should be on people's experience of services.

Responding to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's consultation paper, jfkldsjfkldfjkldfjdkfjdklfjdklfjdsklfjdsklfjdsklfjdsklfjdsklfjdsklfjdsklfjdsfkldjsfkldsjfkldsjfkldsfjdklsfjdsklfjdklsfjdsklfjdsklfdjkls'Inspection Reform: The Future of Local Services Inspection', CSCI believes that the function of challenging councils on how they respond to the views of people who use services is an important one.

The commission's view is that future inspection regimes need to be flexible enough to deal with a variety of policies, services and delivery models, for example as local area agreements develop, and that no one inspectorate can work in isolation from the others. Inspection activity should be well planned and co-ordinated, and therefore not unreasonably burdensome on those being inspected.

The commission strongly favours further cooperation between the four new inspectorates, and believes that each should be placed under a statutory duty to cooperate. Further, we believe that the additional 'gatekeeper' role proposed in the consultation paper is misconceived.

CSCI agrees with the exclusion of children's and adults' services from the inspectorate's remit, because these require specialist expertise, as in CSCI and Ofsted.

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