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Ofsted's single inspection of children’s services takes effect

Outcome of consultation exercise published

Ofsted's single inspection framework is now in effect on a universal, three-year cycle. It brings together into one inspection: child protection; services for looked after children and care leavers; and local authority fostering and adoption services.

Ofsted has publishedthe outcome of the consultation that run in June/July 2013 on the single inspection. The response report outlines the changes made to the initial proposals following responses from across the child protection and looked after children's services sectors.

In October Ofsted ran a further consultation on the review of the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). All the responses have been taken into account. The outcome of this consultation has also been published. Ofsted will usually undertake the review of the LSCB at the same time as its inspection of the local authority.

The single inspection framework has now been re-published together with the inspection handbook including new sections on the review of the LSCB.

Ofsted says that it is confident that this inspection framework is focused on the right things for children, young people, families and carers. It examines the experiences of children who need help, protection and care from the time this support is first needed until a young person who is looked after has made the transition to living independently as a young adult.