Ofsted inspections harm children’s services, says report

The BBC is reporting claims that Ofsted inspections of children’s services are outdated and do not always protect vulnerable children…

…The paper written by the consultancy group Impower highlights concerns over the inspections carried out by Ofsted on failing local authority services…

They argue that a lack of consistency within the inspection process means that a single judgement of inadequate by Ofsted can trigger a “catastrophic spiralling effect” on a local authority.

Their analysis suggests that after a negative inspection in a local authority, work volumes often increase, intervention is reduced leaving children potentially less safe than before and there is a higher turnover of staff… 

The best way to help families and vulnerable children at risk is to intervene much earlier and include health visitors, school nurses, teachers and GPs, says the report…

In response to the criticism of their inspections Ofsted replied: “We make no apology for carrying out robust inspections of local authority services on behalf of the children and young people who use them…”

 

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